Landowners of 30 properties adjoining the new sewerage plant at Homebush have just learned that they will be unable to build on their properties within 300 metres of where the waste water will be dumped.
It appears that the 2008 District Plan extended the area owners were unable to build on from 150 to 300 metres, but no-one told the landowners.
Given the controversial nature of this project it seems strange that no-one thought to tell the owners.
The Council did notify some owners of other changes to the 2008 District Plan which might affect them, because I received a letter myself.
Was this then a deliberate act on the part of the Council not to inform property owners at Homebush (and possibly inflame the sewerage debate) or was it an oversight? Either way, it reflects badly on the Council.
Irate landowners are threatening legal action which is likely to result in more cost to ratepayers (paying for the Council to defend the action) as well as delaying the new sewerage scheme.