Media release: Common sense prevails in Auckland

THURSDAY 28 JULY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Democracy Action is applauding the recommendations of the Independent Hearings Panel to delete Cultural Impact Assessment requirements, and the scheduled “sites of value” from the Auckland Unitary Plan.

"We're pleased to see that the Panel recognises the folly of adopting such a flawed system, a system which was in danger of undermining public support for sites of significant historical and cultural heritage," says Lee Short, Chairman of Democracy Action.

"We were not the only ones who saw the devastating impact these clauses would have on the property rights of Aucklanders. Over a thousand people also submitted against the Cultural Impact Assessment provisions initially. "

“I want to thank all of our supporters, and the people who have worked tirelessly to oppose these proposals,” says Mr Short.

"We're very pleased to see that commonsense has prevailed”.

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