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Liam McIlvanney, the Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, demanded the correction in the spelling mistake in Ayreshire Dr, a street in the new Mosgiel subdivision, Highland Park.
Ayrshire is the Scottish home territory both of poet Robert Burns and of Prof McIlvanney.
The developer of the Scottish-themed subdivision, Cranbrook Properties managing director Sydney Brown, said the mistake was an administrative error and warned Prof McIlvanney it might be a mistake he would have to learn to live with.
However, Dunedin City Council corporate services group manager Sandy Graham confirmed yesterday the street name could be corrected and the process to change it had begun.
Ms Graham said further public consultation would not be required to correct the name.
The infrastructure services committee would consider "remedying the administrative error'' on February 9.
Mr Brown said he was pleased the error could easily be corrected.
The subdivision had another nine streets to be given Scottish name and the spelling had been checked.
"They're all fine,'' Mr Brown said.
Prof McIlvanney said he was "delighted'' the street name would be corrected.