The company behind a 25-lot residential development set to
take shape at the former Waldronville school and playcentre
site has objected to conditions imposed by the Dunedin City
Morclarke Developments (2009) Ltd was granted a subdivision
consent last month allowing the creation of 25 residential
lots over two stages, ranging in size from 527sq m to 1123sq
However, the company filed an objection on February 14,
arguing some of the conditions attached to the consent were
The objections will be considered by the council's hearings
committee - Crs Andrew Noone (chairman), Jinty MacTavish and
Lee Vandervis - on Monday.
A report by council planner Lianne Darby said the developer
proposed a new road ending in a T-shaped cul-de-sac, with a
footpath running along one side of the road only.
The council wanted a cul-de-sac ''head'' and footpaths
running along both sides of the proposed road, as well as an
8m-wide road, and no parking on the new road.
The developer was to provide plans to council transportation
group manager Gene Ollerenshaw for approval.
However, the developer, in objecting to the consent
conditions, argued the topography of the area meant the
requirements could not be met without ''extensive'' use of
retaining walls or steps in the footpath.
Neither option was considered desirable for the ''form,
function or cost'' of the subdivision, Ms Darby's report
Instead, the developer wanted the conditions rewritten to
allow a road wide enough ''for two moving vehicle lanes'',
but with no set width included, and some limited on-street
Footpath provisions should also be ''appropriate'' for the
level of residential development, and with enough room in the
cul-de-sac to allow an emergency vehicle to turn.
Ms Darby's report said both sides wanted a ''good quality
outcome'', but council transportation staff maintained a
T-shaped cul-de-sac was not warranted and could be costly for
the council to maintain.
There was also no justification for the loss of one footpath,
and it would be more costly to add a second footpath later,
her report said.
However, Ms Darby's report recommended the council hearings
committee accept part of the developer's objection, by
removing the requirement for the new road to be 8m wide,
while maintaining other conditions.
The development of the site comes after the school closed in
April 2010, faced with declining rolls, followed by the
playcentre in mid-2012.
The 2.02ha property had a combined capital value of
$1,165,000 when sold; the school's buildings were levelled by
mechanical excavators last December. Companies Office records
list Garry Clarke and Lloyd Morshuis as the directors of
Morclarke Developments (2009) Ltd.