The decision to allow the Brown Street Ponsonby brothel to continue to operate without a resource consent is wrong.
This decision by council offices is akin to putting the cart before the horse. This is the formula that council planners work by . The brothel is not the issue and it is not the only business to be given this favour .Boutique accommodation has also been allowed to operate in this way . Well run and legitimate businesses are like good and considerate drivers, they obey the rules .
If the council allows any business to operate without resource consent why would business owners go to the effort and cost to do things properly and safely?
For Brown Street residents the issue is not the brothel. The issue is with people working in a business that offers thirty minute to an hour service so the resulting traffic movements in a narrow residential street is simply not manageable .There will be issues such as noise and sometimes lost and inebriated men will disturb neighbours at unreasonable times.
Businesses can create problems in neighbourhoods that’s why it is essential to have resource consent to ensure the public interest is served .