Orewa North retirement consent put on hold

Residents opposed to the building of a large retirement resort in Orewa North face an anxious wait, as a hearing scheduled for next month has been cancelled.

Coastal Properties proposes to build a complex containing 121 apartments in three blocks, as well as a bowling green and gardens, on a site at 23–25 Annalise Place, just off Hibiscus Coast Highway. The land is adjacent to a stream, native bush and historic buildings.

The resource consent application was publicly notified and more than 60 local residents who oppose the plan held a meeting in August. A total of 32 submissions were received.

Submitters were advised this month that the hearing, which had been scheduled for December 5 and 6, has been cancelled and the application put on hold at Coastal Properties’ request.

One of the submitters, Sussi Stephens, says that Council advised her the deferral is due to “Unitary Plan issues”.
She says Council expects the application to be reactivated before Christmas, but that the hearing will now not take place until the New Year.

Coastal Properties director Brendan Couglan did not respond to questions prior to our paper’s deadline.