Legal threat over subdivision

Tuesday 7 December 2004

A property developer has been forced to stop selling sections at a big Christchurch subdivision amid a protracted wrangle between two councils and allegations of environmental abuse.

By The Landlord

Environment Canterbury (ECan) has threatened legal action against the Christchurch City Council and developer Aidanfield Holdings after a disagreement over the discharge of contaminated stormwater from the Aidanfield subdivision and neighbouring Halswell.

The developer and the city council failed to ensure suitable stormwater systems were in place before starting the development, threatening the environment and pre-empting the granting of resource consents, ECan regulations director Mike Freeman said yesterday.

Stormwater from Halswell had been allowed to flow into the unfinished subdivision, exacerbating the problem, he said.

It is understood the dispute has put the sale of stage five of the six-stage, 900-section development on hold.

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