Expert Enironmental Law advice


Tue July 19th 2016

Berry Simons would like to congratulate Harrison Grierson on being awarded the Supreme Practice Award (the Nancy Northcroft Planning Practice Award) and the Best Practice Award (District and Regional Planning) at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s 2016 Awards for its work on the Scott Point Structure Plan and plan variation.

The Scott Point Project provides a framework for long term development of over 150 hectares of land at Hobsonville in Auckland to provide for 3000 dwellings in a Special Housing Area.

Andrew Braggins and Craig Malone worked on the Project with Abu Hoque, the leader of Harrison Grierson’s multi-disciplinary team, and represented the Clark Road Landowners Group at the hearing of the variation and related resource consent applications.

One of the most challenging aspects of the Project was that the Clark Road Landowners Group comprised a number of different landowners, which necessitated the need for comprehensive agreements between the landowners regarding provision of infrastructure,” said Andrew Braggins.

The plan change hearing was also notable for the widespread support of the rezoning proposed notwithstanding that the obligation to provide sites for infrastructure (such as stormwater ponds, wastewater pumping stations, reserves and roads) also fell on a number of landowners who were submitters and not part of the Clark Road Landowners Group

One of the most interesting aspects of the Project was that it involved a private plan change for all of the land at Scott Point, not just the land owned by the Clark Road Landowners Group, and that resulted in the need to liaise carefully with other landowners who made submissions. Our strategy of close engagement, pragmatism and pre-hearing meetings paid off,” said Andrew Braggins.

Andrew and Craig also acknowledged the hard work of the whole team (and what was the Housing Project Office) in getting the plan change and resource consents approved.

“Harrison Grierson developed the concept of the Scott Point Plan Change, but without a unified effort from all the consultants, including Bryce Hall (Transport Planning Consultants), Rod Clough (Clough Associates), Mark Hornabrook (Hornabrook McDonald), Gerard Mostert (Peers Brown Miller), Jennifer Shanks and Chris Wedding (Bioresearchers) and Adam Thompson (Urbecon) and strong leadership from the Housing Project Office – particularly Alina Wimmer, we would not have had a high quality decision in time for the 2015/2016 construction season.” said Andrew Braggins.

See Harrison Grierson website for further information on Scott Point.

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