Neighbour dismayed by garage decision

By Corey Charlton

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The Napier City Council Hearings Committee has accepted an application for a controversial new classic car garage to be built into the side of Bluff Hill.

EC Credit Control managing director Matthew Harrison resides at the property where the large garage, featuring a car lift, balcony and games room, was met with resistance from neighbours due to its close proximity to their properties.

The size and placing of the garage means it will infringe on the boundary envelope of a neighbouring property, affecting its amenity values, privacy, sunlight and shading. The garage development was accepted by the committee against the recommendation of Paul O'Shaughnessy - its own senior resource consents planner.

Mr Harrison could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Jim Brady, who had previously received resource consent to build a home on the site that will now sit directly below the garage, said he was very disappointed by the committee and its decision.

"We're just appalled at the lack of understanding of the building, of the plans, and the lack of discussion and effort put in to understand it," he said.

Some alterations were included, such as landscaping and irrigation works where the garage will be closest to Jim and Donna Brady's property below and a traffic management plan for the construction works. He and his wife Donna said the development was called a garage, but likened it more to an "industrial storage unit" due to its size. "It actually feels like it's in your face, like you're standing too close to somebody," Mr Brady said.

The couple would wait until they saw the committee's written decision before deciding if they would appeal to the Environment Court. Councillor Rob Lutter chaired the committee. He did not respond to messages left by Hawke's Bay Today.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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