Road stopping - a Wellington submission example and Environment Court decision

We have become concerned at the number of legal but unformed roads that have been stopped and sold. This limits the future choices and potential uses for the land. Unformed legal road is often used by pedestrians for accessways or potentially could be used as such.

Living Streets recently objected to a road stopping proposal in Seatoun, Wellington where a 'paper road' was to be stopped and sold to adjoining neighbours. In this case part of Forres Street was stopped and sold to neighbours but in our view should have been retained for future potential pedestrian use - a stairway similar to others that scale the steep sea cliff in this area. Information is provided here to help others make submissions and identify the type of issues raised.

The Living Streets Aotearoa evidence presented is attached below.

Here is a link to the Environment Court decision. The central issue noted was "whether there is a need for the road for public use." A key consideration was "accessibility as it stands at the moment."

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