Appeal over block of flats

Two neighbours have brought their fight against a 25-room apartment block proposed for central Dunedin to the Environment Court.

This comes after a Dunedin City Council consent hearings committee of Crs Andrew Noone, Lee Vandervis and Andrew Whiley granted a land use consent in May for the apartment block to be built at 97 Filleul St.

However, since then, owners of neighbouring Vero House and London Street Specialists at 34 London St, Sergio Salis and Chris Robertson, have appealed the decision to the Environment Court.

Their notice of appeal against the four-storey apartment block, outlined the reasons the decision was being challenged, which included concern about there being only 10 on-site car parks for the 25-room apartment building.

The notice also says not enough protections were provided for their neighbouring property, both during construction and once the apartment block was built.

The consent did not give the council's resource consents manager the power to control construction works after the consent holder provided a geotechnical report and there was no requirement to alter works to alleviate any risks identified in the report.

The committee also failed to properly consider a policy requiring the erection of a veranda on new buildings in Filleul St.

They requested the Environment Court decline resource consent.

Property co-developer Neil Lyons said he remained confident the development would go ahead and the council's decision would stand.

``We believe that Mr Salis and Mr Robertson don't have a particularly strong case.''

Mr Salis declined to comment.

 

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