Views of upgraded sports facilities at Ellis Park, in
Kaikorai Valley, will hardly be worse than those of the
existing building, the project planner says.
Keith Hovell countered criticism of the proposed upgrade on
behalf of the Dunedin City Council's parks and recreation
services at a consent hearing in Dunedin yesterday.
He said adverse effects of the upgrade would be minor, and
would not outweigh the benefits.
Public toilets and upgraded sports administration facilities
were desperately needed at Ellis Park, where existing
amenities were ''woefully inadequate'', he said.
The proposal could be mitigated by planting and the use of
subtle building materials, and it was in no way contrary to
provisions of the council's district plan, Mr Hovell said.
The occupants of four homes on Frasers Rd opposed the upgrade
because they said it would ruin their views of the park.
But Mr Hovell showed hearing commissioner David Benson-Pope
photographs taken of the park from opponents' houses, on to
which an image of the proposed new building had been
superimposed. He compared them to photographs of the existing
view and said the only thing obscured by the new building was
a small patch of grass, which was insignificant in the
context of the entire park, most of which could be seen.
Mr Hovell said trees and shrubs planted by opponents on their
properties screened more of the park from view, and the
council was prepared to increase planting in mitigation of
its proposed upgrade, if opponents wished.
Alternative sites for the building had been considered, but
the proposed site was most suitable, he said. It was possible
the new building could be located about 16m further along
Frasers Rd and away from opponents' homes, if the proposed
public toilet was shifted to the building's other side, Mr
Mr Benson-Pope planned to visit the site before making and
releasing his decision.