The proposed demolition of one of Auckland’s earliest and grandest homes is proof the council has failed to preserve heritage, say protection groups.
The meticulously preserved 1905 homestead at 9 Springcombe Rd in St Heliers was one of the original homes in the area but it could be bulldozed it for a multilevel mansion or multiple townhouses.
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Heritage groups warned during the Unitary Plan process in 2016 that significant amounts of Auckland’s residential heritage was not being considered for heritage protection.
This is only one example of many possible losses.