Wellington City Councillors voted against a proposal to nominate 131 Silverstream Rd as a Special Housing Area at their 8 April meeting. Only Councillors Ahipene-Mercer, Coughlan, and Marsh voted for it.
Local resident Andrew McLellan spoke at the meeting, explaining why 131 Silverstream Road should not be a SHA. Issues include land instability and slumping, stream flooding, vegetation that is part of a continuous belt of regenerating and mature trees, pest control, transport impacts on Silverstream Road, and lack of community consultation. Local MP Peter Dunne also expressed his opposition.
There have been ‘pre-application’ discussions between the owner and council officers for some time. It is likely the developer, Mayall Properties Ltd, will lodge a resource consent application under the normal RMA process sometime soon.
Read more about this story in the Independent Herald (15 April 2015)