Second Expressway Appeal

Second community group challenges Inquiry’s decision on motorway

The Alliance for Sustainable Kapiti has launched what is the second appeal against the Board of Inquiry’s decision to build the Kapiti expressway.

The move by the Alliance for Sustainable Kapiti follows Save Kapiti in appealing against the board’s decision, which can be challenged only on a point of law.

Alliance for Sustainable Kapiti spokeswoman Marie O’Sullivan says the group was challenging on two points.

The first is similar to Save Kapiti’s concerns over the use of the previous Western Link Rd as a permitted baseline, but the alliance also focuses on ‘internal inconsistencies of the board’s decision.’

Construction was about to start on the two-lane link road in 20011 when the Government ditched it in favour of a four-lane expressway along roughly the same route.

The alliance’s second point concerns major changes to land use if the project goes ahead.

“We do not think those changes have been addressed, particularly as it relates to amenity values like the ability to entertain, eat meals outdoors, food production and the aesthetic value of the neighbourhood,” Dr O’Sullivan says.

Save Kapiti’s appeal has a first-call date of June 17 in the High Court at Wellington, and the alliance’s first call date is July 1.

The New Zealand Transport Agency has filed an application for urgency, but the two lobby groups have not agreed to this.