Sunday, 26 May 2019

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New subdivision application for New Chum Beach

New subdivision application for New Chum Beach

A new application to subdivide land at New Chum Beach (Wainuiototo Bay, Whangapoua) has just been lodged with Thames Coromandel District Council.

The new application has been made by Ross and Deidre Mear and is for the exact same piece of land on which a previous application was lodged in January 2014 by Coastal Land Trust Holdings. The application by Coastal Land Trust Holdings, which is a separate identity, is currently on hold due to further information being sought from the applicant. It has been made aware that a new application has been lodged.

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

It's also proposed that a charitable trust known as the "Wainuiototo Beach Conservation Trust" be formed, to own and manage this beach lot. The application says that the trust would be made up of two representatives of the owners of Lots 1 - 4 and three Community representatives drawn from TCDC, Waikato Regional Council, the Department of Conservation and local iwi.

The four proposed residential lots allows for four house sites (up to 236m2 each with garages) and five accessory buildings up to 100m2. Vehicle access to the proposed new residential lots would be through the existing farm track running from Te Punga Station. The remaining land (approximately 55ha) would be retired from active farming and established with either existing indigenous vegetation or allowed to regenerate naturally. There would be some areas where landscape planting would be introduced to screen building sites and vehicle access ways from off-site public viewpoints.

"Due to the significant public interest in this land we want to see this application go out for formal public notification," said Thames Coromandel District Council mayor, Glenn Leach. "My understanding is that the applicants are very much in favour of this too.

"Our stance continues to be protecting and preserving third party interests. We want New Chum to continue to be somewhere anyone can visit, while still protecting its special and unique character.

"We've had no discussions with the new applicant about the formation of a Trust. What I'd like to see though is a natural buffer zone between the development and the beach, running the full length of the beach, along with the establishment of some public toilets and a walkway in the vicinity."

The applicant has requested that the application be publicly notified and this will likely occur before the end of the year.

Learn about some of the coastal and nature walks in the area.

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