Inner neighbourhood residents hope law changes could ease intensive development

Residents of neighbourhoods around central Christchurch have joined forces to fight the effects of intensive housing policies and are keen to challenge the law.

The newly-formed Inner City Action Network (Ican) represents residents on the fringes of the central city and surrounding suburbs such as Richmond, Addington and Phillipstown.

The residents say new housing developments are overstepping the boundaries of the city council's district plan, causing environmental issues and destroying neighbourhood amenity.

At a meeting on Wednesday, members of the group aired concerns about zoning rules and consenting processes to city council staff, councillors and community board members.

Ican member and Richmond resident Greg Partridge said they were fed up with new developments wrecking small streets and quiet neighbourhoods, some of which were now clogged with traffic and parked cars.

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