Hutt eco-village gets another battering

Last updated 15:27 31/05/2012
BLIGHT FEARS: Bob and Lynne McLellan are against the rural 1800-home
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BLIGHT FEARS: Bob and Lynne McLellan are against the rural 1800-home "eco village'' proposed for Maymorn.

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Plans for a huge eco-village on rural land near Upper Hutt have taken another battering from opponents.

The $52 million eco-village at Maymorn, in the Mangaroa Valley, would have up to 1800 homes with a population of up to 4000 in 10 to 20 years. The homes would be built from local materials and make use of solar energy.

However, the plans have met strong opposition.

Twenty-four people used submissions to the Upper Hutt City Council's Draft Long Term Plan 2012-2022 to express their views.

"Cancel the Maymorn project, it's unaffordable. I don't want our rate payers' money spent on this ill-conceived proposal," wrote Gavin and Miriam Dillon.

A Maymorn local, Bob McLellan, also opposed the project.

He noted that of the 469 submissions, 443 - or 94 per cent - opposed it, with many saying it would destroy the rural character of the area.

"The council ignored all of these people, in effect saying we are right and you are wrong. Such arrogance is unprecedented. It has made a mockery of "consultation".

A council meeting today did not discuss the submissions on Maymorn.

It voted to adopt the Maymorn Structure Plan earlier this year, and to start work on a chance to the District Plan.

"The merits of the proposed plan change will be tested through the required Resource Management Act process, which includes public participation."

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