The hearing panel on the Auckland unitary plan issued interim guidance on Wednesday indicating it’s not convinced that special character is “historic heritage” requiring protection as a matter of national importance.
Interim guidance issued by the panel does not amount to a recommendation, but points to a view the panel has reached at this stage of proceedings on likely changes to the plan as notified.
The panel said the demolition control overlay for buildings constructed before 1944 “is placing unnecessary constraints & burdens on landowners seeking to develop their properties”.
Other key points in the interim guidance:
- If Auckland Council wishes to change the provisions from special character to historic character (ie, a change from section 7 to section 6 of the Resource Management Act), then it should proceed by a plan change
- Howick should remain a special character area
- Additional special character areas should be addressed by a future plan change
- The demolition control overlay is also an unnecessary burden on submitters preparing for hearings on topic 079, special character & pre-1944 mapping
- No evidence to suggest that the pre-1944 buildings are at any significant risk of demolition or relocation
- No evidence that the areas where there are pre-1944 buildings are at risk of losing their character
- If the council wishes to pursue the pre-1944 demolition control overlay, this should be done through a plan change process.
Link: Full interim guidance
Attribution: Panel guidance.