9 Apr 2013

Anger at council consultation process

10:22 pm on 9 April 2013

Open hostility towards Auckland Council representatives flared at a public meeting in the suburb of St Heliers on Monday night.

Almost 400 people turned up to discuss the city's 30-year development blueprint and many booed and heckled the council representatives.

Orakei board chair Desley Simpson said most residents think a proposed height restriction of 12.5 metres on buildings in St Heliers is too high.

She reiterated calls for a lower restriction which many believe will preserve the look and culture of the village.

Orakei Ward Councillor Cameron Brewer says there is unprecedented concern from the public about the plan.

He told Morning Report that people are nervous about its impact.

Councillors 'over-reacting'

Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says councillors are over-reacting in calling for a delay to the plan being implemented.

But nine councillors - nearly half the council - released a letter, saying they don't want the plan fast-tracked.

Ms Hulse said there will be further formal consultation, hearings and appeals after September. But, she said, if Auckland does not act over housing, the Government will legislate.