Published 25 May 2009
Waitakere City Council has refused a resource consent application by Duopharma Pacific Ltd for an 8-storey apartment & commercial building on the Te Atatu Peninsula.
The hearing panel of 2 councillors, Derek Battersby & Vanessa Neeson, and independent commissioner John Childs said the proposed 23.34m building at 543 Te Atatu Rd would have significant adverse effects on the residential character of the surrounding area.
The panel said in its decision: “Amenity values & residential character would be compromised by the height, bulk & scale of the building, including dominance & shading.”
It also said the structure wasn’t in keeping with existing residential development in the surrounding neighbourhood, which was predominantly lowrise housing, and the application was inconsistent with district plan policies which seek to maintain & enhance amenity values & neighbourhood character in residential areas.
2 retail units were proposed for the ground floor of the building, designed for the 1117m² site of a former BP service station.
“Development in such a location needs to be sensitively designed in order to minimise adverse impact, particularly in relation to the residential development that is located in close proximity to this site,” the panel said.
The commissioners acknowledged that, while the proposed apartment building would have some positive effects in terms of residential intensification and supporting the economic vitality of the town centre, the adverse effects outweighed the advantages.
They also noted that the locality was at the interface of commercial & lowrise residential areas, and that it might be suited for more intensive residential development, but at a lower height.
Duopharma Pacific Ltd (Ang Bee Lian, Shah Alam, Malaysia; Cheah (James) Kit Seng, Perth; Cheah (Michael) Ting Poh, Shah Alam & Perth; & Choong (Michelle) Mee Leng & Yap Thong, Grey Lynn) originally planned a 10-storey building. The eventual proposal attracted 174 submissions, 8 of those in support of the application.
Duopharma’s main shareholder is Duomark NZ Pty Ltd (the same parties). Choong Mee Leng & Yap Thong are directors of TL Pacific Ltd. Duomark Pty Ltd has been carrying out development in Perth.
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.