Friday, 07 August 2020


New Chums subdivision application on hold

New Chums subdivision application on hold

The applicants for the subdivision at New Chums Beach have put in a last minute notice asking Thames Coromandel District Council to suspend their application.
Public hearings were set down to start this Monday 4 May at 9:00am at the Council Chambers in Thames. A total of 187 submissions were received, with over 80 submitters requesting to be heard by a panel of three independent Resource Management Act commissioners.

“Late Friday afternoon we were notified by the applicants’ lawyers that there’s been a last-minute disagreement from one of the co-owners of the site relating to access arrangements to the beach,” says David Hammond, TCDC Chief Executive. “They say the disagreement makes the present proposal one which would now not be given effect to and they see no point in proceeding with Monday’s hearing until the dispute can be resolved.”

Through their lawyer, the applicants have apologised to everyone who is inconvenienced, especially the submitters and the commissioners and are requesting Council suspend the processing of the application.

“We are now trying to get in touch with all the submitters to alert them to the situation,” says Mr Hammond.  “We are also now getting advice on the best steps to proceed.”
Given the lateness of the notice, the applicants have indicated they will still attend the hearing venue on Monday where decisions can be made.

The application for subdivision has been made by Ross and Deidre Mear and is for a four lot subdivision, all 15ha in size, together with a fifth "beach conservation lot," 1.2ha in size. The beach lot is proposed as a conservation area, allowing for public access along the beach.


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