The co-owner of a budget-friendly New Plymouth supermarket is battling with a neighbour over proposed extensions to his million dollar home.
Pak 'n Save co-owner Peter Melody has a $1.1 million home with expansive coastal views in Richmond St, Fitzroy.
His plans to significantly extend his home both out and up have put him into conflict with his neighbours Peter and Sandra Kirby. They say the development will significantly limit their second floor views up the coast.
Addressing the independent hearing into the proposal via a video link from Bahrain, Mr Kirby yesterday said Mr Melody's property already had the best views on the street.
"The extensions will enhance all their views but block our north-east views. To say we have the north-west views so we can forgo our north-east views is unacceptable."
Mr Melody's proposal is a restricted activity under the district plan because it will cover 60 per cent of the section. Such developments must consider the adverse effects on the privacy and outlook of adjoining sites.
Mr Kirby expressed exasperation that no-one from the New Plymouth District Council or BTW Company, employed by Mr Melody to prepare the resource consent, had come to the property to see the views he stood to lose.
BTW planner Cameron Twigley acknowledged he had not gained access to the site but said he had taken a photo from the top of the applicant's garage roof.
He told independent hearings commissioner Bill Wasley this was an accurate representation of the view the Kirbys were concerned about and gave Mr Wasley enough information to make a decision.
Mr Twigley said the main outlook of the Kirby property was to the north-west anyway and the extensions would also help Mr Melody fix leaky building issues he had with the property.
Mr Wasley had earlier heard another proposal from New Plymouth architect Murali Bhaskar and Eloise Pollard who wish to build a two-storey timber and glass apartment on top of the four-storey Victoria Building in central New Plymouth.
The proposal would see the building rise 2.65 metres above the 14m central business district height limit and has the written consent of all but one of their neighbours.
Geoff Whyte yesterday said he was against the proposal as it was higher than allowed and though he did not live in the area he owned property there and worked there most days.
All parties will have to wait at least a month for Mr Wasley's decisions on the proposals.
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