North Shore Times : November 4th 2010
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A council officer's report stated: Given the high degree of amenity value that the trees proposed for removal offer to the site and sur- rounding neighbourhood it is my opinion that the correct forum for the decision making of this application is through a notified hearing.'' Mr Blair and Mrs O'Connor were in a hurry to hear the appli- cation while the council still existed once they voted to exclude the pub- lic, Mrs Absolum says. The landscape archi- tect excused herself from hearing the final appli- cation because of her concerns and work commitments. If the application was considered this week the new Auckland Council would have made the decision. But on Friday, two of Mr Holman's then coun- cillor colleagues -- Mr Blair and Mrs O'Connor -- approved the appli- cation to subdivide and fell four protected trees. Mrs O'Connor doesn't believe the application got special treatment because commissioners dealt with a lot of applications shortly before the supercity's arrival. Mr Blair could not be reached for comment. Mr Holman issued a statement saying: The application for a resource consent for the Holman Family Trust was made in accordance with the Resource Management Act and the North Shore District Plan and was dealt with accordingly.'' Three of the trees being felled are mature oaks affected by a fungus limiting their lifespan that could spread to other nearby oaks, the family trust says. The council's arborist said the evidence on fungal infection meant he supported their removal. The commissioners agreed to the applicant's landscape plan that includes planting three kauri and 30 native trees. Officers' advice that the kauri trees be protected by a covenant was rejected by the commissioners after hearing arguments against it. Trust barrister Jeremy Brabant said this was inappropriate and unnecessary given other requirements from the council to care for the trees. Mr Brabant said the trust had no wish to damage or remove the trees but it was possible kauri might not take to the conditions.
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