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Plans for Beachlands subdivision progress

Last updated 05:00 08/08/2012
NEGOTIATING: Pohutukawa Coast Community Association chairman Cameron Butler by land earmarked for development.

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Progress is being made on the development of Beachlands but details are under wraps.

Mediation between a local group and land developers is under way.

The negotiations relate to plan changes 30, 30A and 34 which allow significant developments to the area that are opposed by the Pohutukawa Coast Community Association.

The plan changes allow development of about 122ha for the New Avenues residential subdivision on what is now mostly farmland, a business zone for a supermarket and shopping area at the Beachlands roundabout, and the development of 500 new homes via a mix of residential, commercial and marine-related activities on land next to Pine Harbour Marina.

The plan changes were passed by the former Manukau City Council and have been the subject of the legal process since May last year.

Opponents say the planned development is too large and will spoil the character of the area.

Association chairman Cameron Butler says that because the Environment Court mediations are confidential details cannot be shared until everything is settled.

"We can say, in terms of New Avenues and the plan change at Pine Harbour, that we are very hopeful we will soon reach agreement on an outcome that will be acceptable to all parties.

"We look forward to sharing the details of these outcomes with the community once the information becomes public."

But the fight against plan change 30a, allowing a supermarket to be built at the Beachlands roundabout, will go to court.

"The business centre development which would be anchored by a Countdown supermarket will proceed to litigation in the Environment Court," Mr Butler says. "The impact that the location of this large format retail development would have on the coastal and rural character of Beachlands means the association remains steadfastly against it."

A court date is yet to be set.

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