Dozens of appeals launched against 'undemocratic, unrealistic' Auckland Unitary Plan

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About 30 appeals have been launched against the Auckland Council's Unitary Plan, including one today to protect heritage housing. 

The Plan, four years in the making, is a blueprint for the city's growth over the next 30 years.

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Over the appeal period of the past 20 working days, approximately 30 have been lodged to the Environment Court and the High Court. 

The appeal lodged today by the Character Coalition asks the Auckland Council to look at zoning changes under its Unitary Plan in a number of suburbs. 

It focuses on the recent changes made to the plan without public consultation that could put old character homes at risk. 

"The process trampled on people's rights with a last minute decision to change the zoning in many streets, effectively denying people the chance to have any say in the matter," said Character Coalition Convener, Sally Hughes. 

The Coalition's appeal is aimed towards residents' right to be heard and they believe rushing intensification could be a huge problem. 

"People living along and beyond the main transport routes in suburbs like Onehunga, Westmere, Glendowie, Grey Lynn, Henderson, Grafton and Blockhouse Bay woke up one morning to find their rights had been completely trampled on, it was undemocratic and unrealistic," said Ms Hughes. 

The 30 appeals are now before the courts. 

The time period to lodge an appeal against Auckland's Unitary plan closes today.

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