A proposed 65-unit development in Albany is still being marketed despite its resource consent being rejected.
Independent commissioners refused resource consent for The Grove Estate at 269 Rosedale Rd saying it was overly intensive.
Developer Hillman White Ltd has appealed to the Environment Court.
The project's Resource Management Act manager Peter Chevin says they are very confident of winning.
"Refusal of a resource consent . . . does not preclude the developer from continuing to market the development," he says.
Mr Chevin says more than 40 per cent of the units have already been sold and the buyers are aware of the resource consent refusal, however residents dispute this figure.
Auckland Council received 91 submissions on the project, three of them in support, one neutral and 87 opposed.
Independent commissioners highlighted the environmental impact, inferior quality housing and poor on-site amenity as problems.
It would also increase reliance on cars but have inadequate parking.
Mr Chevin refused to say whether the plans would be changed if the Environment Court appeal is successful.
Residents of nearby streets Clemow Drive, Samuels Lane and Red Shed Lane opposed both the style of the development and the extra traffic it would bring.
Red Shed Lane resident Bill Prentice says it has been a very expensive process and residents are paying out of their own pockets.
"But we don't care because we believe in what we're fighting for.
"And if we lose we'll go down fighting."
Samuels Lane is proposed as an accessway to the development. Resident Helen Powney says the street is a very small, quiet cul-de-sac with only seven houses.
Parts of the road are too narrow for cars to be parked on both sides.
Mr Chevin says the residents' approach is pure NIMBY (not in my backyard).
"I'm pretty disgusted with that type of attitude really," he says.
"The locals dress up their concerns with all sorts of things, but the reality is they just don't want change and they don't care about the younger generations."
Mrs Powney says residents are more than happy for a development to go ahead.
"We're not stopping first home buyers, we just don't want the accessway going through our street."
She says the type and style of the building is not in keeping with rest of the area.
"We bought here for it to be a quiet, peaceful, safe neighbourhood for our children to grow up in. It's going to turn into a ghetto," she says.
Mr Prentice's house backs onto the land and he says he would be happy with houses and neighbours he could chat to, but the units seem like a money-making venture for the developers.
"Once they get their money they'll disappear and we'll be left with the mess."
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