A holiday-home development once offering $99,000 seaside sections with the “best views in New Zealand” appears to have been withdrawn from the market
The Mōkau Sands development was set to replace Mōkau’s Seaview Holiday Park, a small coastal camp ground an hour north of New Plymouth.
It caused a sensation in April when the development came to the market with seaside sections for as little as $99,0000.
But on Thursday a Bayleys real estate spokesman said the property, which they had been marketing, had been withdrawn by the vendor “some two months ago”.
The communications spokesman did not answer follow-up questions about the property by deadline on Friday.
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Mōkau residents contacted about the development said they had not heard it had been taken off the market. Neither had the Waitomo District Council (WDC), the consenting authority for the beachside holiday area.
The development’s website still exists, but real estate links to it state the property is no longer listed.
In a text message on Friday, Mōkau Sands Ltd co-director Mark Peacocke said no decision had been made on the future of the campsite.
“In the meantime it is business as usual,” the text read.
The proposed development of the area has long been controversial. It came at the expense of the long established Seaview Holiday Park and was in an area at significant risk of coastal erosion.
In August 2012, it was revealed Mōkau Sands Ltd, which the companies register shows was started by Peacocke and Michael Hammond in 2003, planned to build 31 three-story residential units and a 50-seat restaurant on the Seaview Holiday Park site.
The plans went before a hearing in November that year after both WDC and Waikato Regional Council received 39 submissions on the redevelopments.
In 2013, the WDC said the campsite building work was on hold pending further information being received from the developers.
All went quiet until a new plan by Mōkau Sands Ltd hit the market again in April this year – a 24 section, 50-seat cafe development.
The resource consent was there and interest in the sites were brewing, Bayleys real estate said.
Some locals thought the development would be good, but others, like Mōkau resident of almost 60 years Ian Whittaker, thought developers were “dreaming” because of how prone the area was to erosion.
This was recognised by the WDC and the resource consent for the development said homes built on the sections had to be moveable in case the sea got too close.
There was reason for this. In 2013, a storm surge was estimated to have pushed back the coastline by five metres at the Seaview Holiday Park, leaving some caravans teetering on the edge.
The potential for erosion wasn’t kept a secret from those interested in the recent sections, a Bayleys Taranaki saleswoman said at the end of May.
In an emailed statement at the time, the saleswoman said all but one of the cheapest sections, priced from $99,000 were allocated to “interested parties”.