Property Council welcomes re-hearing of Harcourts demolition case

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Press Release – Property Council Of New Zealand
The Property Council has welcomed a High Court ruling regarding heritage-listed Harcourts Building on Wellington’s Lambton Quay.

As reported, Wellington investor Mark Dunajtschik has won an appeal against the Environment Court blocking his plans to demolish the structure.

The High Court has now ordered a re-hearing of the case with its consideration of public safety requirements seriously accounted for.

Property Council chief executive Connal Townsend says the Property Council has consistently advocated for public safety to be taken into account when dealing with heritage-listed buildings – as do the costs associated with strengthening.

“The Environment Court must consider other legislation than simply narrow Resource Management Act provisions,” said Mr Townsend.

“This is vital to ensure that decisions are based on an inclusive and objective assessment of all relevant factors; and in particular the risk to public safety and surrounding buildings.”

About Property Council New Zealand
Property Council is New Zealand’s commercial property voice. Property Council represents New Zealand’s office, industrial, retail, property funds and multi-unit residential property owners, investors and managers. Property Council’s branches throughout the country represent some of the largest commercial property portfolios in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, East Coast/Hawkes Bay and the South Island and Otago region, the value of which exceeds $30 billion.

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  1. CC, 6. May 2014, 7:15

    Back to the Environment Court? People who buy land or buildings that have a protective status, then hold the city to ransom when reminded of their obligations, should be facing fraud charges.

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  2. City Lad, 6. May 2014, 10:48

    Perhaps Mr Dunajtschik has learnt an expensive lesson. Buying a heritage listed building and then constructing a new building alongside without an allowable gap in between boundary walls, could well result in him having to close and to modify his new building.

    It’s highly unlikely Mr Dunajtschik has had a victory in the High Court. The Harcourts building will survive any further test in the Environment Court and be a reminder of commonsence and justice.


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