PHOTO: Iain McGregor – Phil Smith has been left with a section he is struggling to sell due to restrictions on building.

Standing on a scrubby patch of land, Phil Smith smiles wryly as he points to the smart houses glinting in the sun around his own sorry-looking section.

“That one’s new, that one, that one, that one and that one too. And that one was repaired.”

The smile is at the absurdity of his situation, and brings a slight shake of the head.

While his neighbours have been able to build new homes in the quiet, no-exit Southshore street, a wrangle over resource consents means Smith’s own hands are tied.

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