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New Chum petition reinforces Mayor's stand


New Chum petition reinforces Mayor's stand


A petition delivered to Thames-Coromandel District Council Mayor Glenn Leach today reinforced our elected members' existing stand that all applications for development at New Chum beach be publicly notified.

"The public interest and natural values of Wainuiototo (New Chum) beach are so high that our elected Council has previously stated we wanted all applications for development there to be publicly notified," said Mayor Leach.

The Mayor also explained to the petitioners, Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty and Preserve New Chum for Everyone, that at this stage the application is still on hold awaiting further information from the applicant.

"One thing we'll want to ensure whenever the information comes back to us, is that Third Party interests are looked after and that the native flora and fauna which make New Chum such a special part of the Coromandel continue to be protected and also remain accessible for everyone to still visit, through the existing walkway," says Mayor Leach.

"We'll also be pushing for a natural buffer zone between the development and the beach. This would run the full length of the beach and be maintained by a covenant, potentially through the QEII Trust or TCDC."


Background

The owner of Te Pungapunga Station, which is land overlooking New Chum Beach, has applied for a controlled activity resource consent which encompasses a subdivision to create a conservation lot and a boundary adjustment between two existing lots.

The resource consent application is also for a house on each of the three lots. The application was lodged before the Proposed District Plan (December 2013 version) was notified, so is treated as a "controlled activity," under the rules of the Operative District Plan.

As a controlled activity, under the provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991, Council can’t refuse the application but can impose certain conditions on the landowner with regard to the development and maintenance of the land and the siting and design of the proposed houses.

In processing the application, the assessment will look at conditions related to the area of land to be covenanted and the visibility and location of the houses, its design and if any planting work has to be done to soften any visual effects of the development.

At this stage the application is currently on hold awaiting further information from the applicant and once this information has been received then a decision on notification will be made.

Click here to listen to an interview landowner John Darby did with the NZ Herald about his project plans.

Click here to watch the Campbell Live story on the issue in May.

The application and all information relating to the application is available for viewing on Councils consent tracker system using the following link: http://web1.tcdc.govt.nz/mvxtProd/modules/applicationmaster/default.aspx?page=disclaimer and type in RMA2013/275


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