Reverse sensitivity could be issue

A developer wanting to build student flats near a Dunedin quarry needs to tighten up a no-complaints covenant before consent is approved, a planning consultant says.

Hawkdun Properties Ltd proposes to build 19 flats around the former ''fever hospital'', near Palmer's quarry and Logan Park High School.

Reverse sensitivity - when developments affect existing activities - could be an issue for the proposed Butts Rd flats, said Nigel Bryce, a consultant planner for the Dunedin City Council.

But the matter could be resolved with a more detailed no-complaints covenant than proposed, he said.

The consent application is being considered by commissioner Allan Cubitt, who will hear from Mr Bryce, Hawkdun Properties, Heritage New Zealand, the quarry, the Ministry of Education and Dunedin City Council staff at a hearing on Monday.

Hawkdun Properties is owned by city councillor Hilary Calvert's family.

The council received nine submissions on the application. None opposed it, but four were neutral.

Palmer and Son Ltd's submission was ambivalent about consent being granted, but expressed concerns about the reverse sensitivity effects to its operation, including noise.

''Quarry activities are inherently incompatible with residential activities and there are many instances where those issues have not been able to be reconciled,'' a summary of the submission says.

Heritage New Zealand supports the proposal, given a heritage covenant protecting existing heritage buildings on site.

The Ministry of Education's submission was neutral, but presented concerns about parking and access near the high school.



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