Planning despair as privacy goes out the window

By: Craig Powell

Auckland Council’s planning and resource consent procedures have been labelled “a farce and an outrage” by a Warkworth couple after a neighbouring new-build that overlooks and overshadows their cottage was consented without them having to be notified at any stage.

Ms Long and Sean Long, of Pulham Road, are unhappy that despite the 329sqm new house breaching planning standards and a planner’s report mixing up the eastern and western boundaries when considering its effects on neighbouring properties, Council still decided it was “comfortable” with it being a non-notifiable consent – that is, it could go ahead without the Longs needing to be consulted.

“It’s crazy. How can Council decide that something so close doesn’t affect us?” Ms Long said. “This has really invaded our privacy. The windows are looking straight into our bedroom.” read more

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