Neighbours fight quarry plan

Neighbours fight quarry plan (New Zealand) An industrial development planned at a Paraparaumu gravel quarry has angered residential neighbours. Higgins Aggregates, the owner of Paraparaumu Quarry, has applied to Kapiti Coast District Council to rezone about 9000 square metres of rural land to an industrial zone to allow for the development. Residents received letters advising them of the zone change application. Several residents oppose the application saying industrial development should not be allowed in a residential street. About four years ago Ruahine St residents waged and won a battle against plans for a mobile hot-mix asphalt plant at the quarry. The plan was given the thumbs down by Kapiti Coast District Council. It said there would be too many trucks using the quarry, which could be a nuisance to neighbours. Increased traffic movement and noise was again the main concern about the new proposal. “I’m dead against it. There is too much residential development in the street to consider rezoning the rural land industrial,” Villa Grove resident Peter Riley said. AdvertisementAdvertisementKapiti Coast Funeral Home managing director Andrew Malcolm said it was bizarre that the council was even considering the proposal. “We had a huge battle over the asphalt plant which was turned down. “To consider further industrial development in the area is dangerous, crazy and not ethical,” Mr Malcolm said. In its application, Higgins also proposed to redevelop the site by piping a stream along Ruahine St, creating a sealed car park and truck manoeuvring areas. Higgins Group Holdings managing director Michael Higgins believed the development of light industry along the street frontage of the quarry would enhance and tidy up the area which he described as “undisciplined”. “Low-rise light industrial-commercial development will be attractively designed and should tidy up the neighbourhood and piping the stream will remove a health and safety hazard.” The application did not signal another attempt to have an asphalt plant at the site, he said. The company was in discussions with Fonterra, which owned a nearby milk station on a block of land, but there were no plans for a joint venture at this stage – “although we can’t predict what may happen in the future”. Cartage contractor Clive Taylor, whose business was located in the same street, supported the proposal. “The development, including removing the open drain, will tidy the whole street up and should increase property values,” Mr Taylor said. District planner Andrew Guerin said it was a notified application and the council would review it. It could go before the first meeting of the environmental and regulatory committee in February. By KAY BLUNDELL

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