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Certainty for Hayes Paddock

Certainty for Hayes Paddock

24 JULY 2008 For Immediate Release Today at an extraordinary meeting of the City Development Committee in a unanimous decision identified Hayes Paddock as a heritage precinct overlay in the District Plan for the city. The decision will go to the full Council meeting (13 August) for ratifying.

Committee chairman Glenda Saunders says the discussion over Hayes Paddock has been well aired through a robust process and the committee’s decision now brings certainty to residents, developers and those with a strong interest in heritage matters in the city.

“When Council raised the matter of identifying Hayes Paddock as having special character 45 submissions raising 203 points were received. In the second stage of the process a total of 419 further submission points were registered. A number of the submissions requested the area be specifically recognised as a heritage precinct.

“Hayes Paddock has also been identified as a heritage precinct in recognition of its national significance. The precinct does not restrict development from happening but rather it requires that new development within Hayes Paddock is compatible with and enhances the special heritage characteristics of the area.

“Through considerable community consultation Council has already developed CityScope (the city’s urban design strategy) and the Creativity and Identity Strategy along with Vista (the city’s urban design guide).

These documents establish a city position which means that ‘areas of special character are recognised and given a lasting future’ (C&I), ‘…to develop plans, actions and strategies for protection and redevelopment of Hamilton’s urban heritage’ (CityScope), ‘development should respond to local context – natural and built – and special character precincts’ (Vista). “The decision reflects the increased importance given to heritage values both locally and nationally in the 2003 amendment to the Resource Management Act.”

Council’s intent is to ensure that new development within Hayes Paddock is compatible in terms of scale, form and design with the precinct’s heritage characteristics. This relates to aspects of subdivision, maintaining the low intensity residential character of the area and ensuring that the design of new buildings and structures is sensitive to the original dwellings. It will be important that new development compliments the characteristic front yard setbacks to enable the open aspect of the streetscene to be retained.

Wherever possible Council will seek to ensure the original dwellings and commercial buildings are retained.

The original design concept for Hayes Paddock is of a subdivision and dwellings planned according to the philosophies and ideals of the first Labour Government and Garden City Movement.

This included curved street patterns, open plan garden layouts, low density development, and the provision of walkways and reserves. The original design concept sought to provide variety in building design, with the arrangement and siting of dwellings around a well planned road and pedestrian network. The area still displays a strong sense of architectural unity and residential character. The District Plan provides for the continuation of this concept while allowing for the adaptation of the existing properties for modern needs.


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