Lack of consultation over clinic gets under residents' skin
"Commercial creep" into heritage area Northcote Point is going ahead without neighbours having a say.
Resource consent to turn a newly renovated home at 146 Queen St into a skin clinic was filed in June by Dr Grant Coe.
Fourteen residents contacted Auckland Council with concerns over pedestrian safety, traffic and the clinic's operating hours.
Independent duty commissioner Ian Munro says the consent will go ahead because impacts will be "less than minor".
Heritage will be maintained, traffic increase "would not be significant" and "the conversion of this single dwelling into a commercial activity will have no measurable impact on Auckland's housing affordability issues", Mr Munro says.
He also plays down concerns it will set a precedent for commercial proposals in other heritage areas, a concern held by Natalee Taylor whose property backs on to the Queen St site.
Northcote Pt residents had hoped the proposal would be notified for feedback.
Dr Coe, a skin cancer treatment specialist from the suburb, told the North Shore Times in July he hoped to raise awareness in the community about the health issue.
"It is also not unusual for a business like ours to set up as a home occupation, which is a permitted activity, the only difference here is that we live up the road rather than on site," he said.
Kaipatiki Local Board chairwoman Lindsay Waugh says the skin centre would not provide for the immediate community.
It is a waste of a house as Auckland is facing a shortage, she says.
Ms Waugh says the result is a "surprise" but says it does not mean the application will necessarily be approved.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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