27 Jan 2012

Homeowners affected by new Kapiti road plan

6:10 pm on 27 January 2012

Several Kapiti Coast homeowners have been shocked to find that design changes to the Kapiti Expressway means the planned new highway will now run through their properties, while other properties are no longer needed.

Work began on the design of the road between Levin and Wellington Airport about 18 months ago.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says the new plan shows the proposed highway will affect 32 properties differently from the previous proposal.

The agency says more land is required from 11 properties, less land from five, 10 properties are no longer needed, and three are now needed that previously were not.

One who is in this latter category is Michelle Lynch of Te Horo who says she heard on Friday that some of their land would be taken.

"It's just a shock, we've never been told we were in the firing line for this road."

She says she did not send in a submission on the roading proposals because she was never told her property could be affected.

The Transport Agency says it sympathises with the Kapiti Coast homeowners who have just found out their properties will be affect and says it will do all it can to help them work through the situation.

The layout of the road was changed to avoid a stand of native trees and a heritage site at Mary Crest, south of Te Horo.

The new plan includes an additional road bridge at Rahui Road in Otaki.

Many of the changes respond to feedback from the community and 500 submissions received from the public.