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Opposition to helipad application

MARNIE HALLAHAN
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2012

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An application for a private helicopter pad in Stanley Bay brought opposition from almost 100 people at a neighbourhood meeting last month.

Felicity Wilson and her family are the closest neighbours to the proposed helipad to be built on property owned by the family of Berridge Spencer, director of Man o' War Vineyard on Waiheke Island and managing director of the Spencer Family Group.

Mrs Wilson was alerted to the application earlier this year and is concerned about the loss of privacy and increased noise levels the helipad would create and says there could be a danger to those using the cove at Ngataringa Bay.

She organised a letterbox drop and a neighbourhood meeting was held to inform neighbours of the proposal and how to lodge a submission.

The helipad application was put forward by Tokeoka Properties Limited which lists Berridge Spencer as one of its two directors.

Mr Spencer's family owns around 1.54 hectares of clifftop land at Stanley Point, worth $20 million according to QV reports.

Mrs Wilson says the Spencers are "completely invisible to the community" and that Mr Spencer doesn't live on the property at present.

Helipads are a non-complying activity in the North Shore District Plan - there are thought to be only three other private helipads on the North Shore.

According to Tokeoka Properties' application, Mrs Wilson's home will be about 63 metres away from the proposed helipad site.

It says that adverse effects on the general privacy of residents in the surrounding area will be avoided by the low frequency of flights, the visual buffering provided by established vegetation around the helipad area and the proposed flight path over Ngataringa Bay rather than over residential development.

Public submissions to Auckland Council regarding the application close on December 13.

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