‘Real lack’ of con­sul­ta­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

A BLOCK of land on one of Auck­land’s busiest roads is set to be swal­lowed up by a fast-tracked hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

The fourth set of spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas was an­nounced on Fri­day by Mayor Len Brown and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith. There are 17 sites des­ig­nated in the lat­est set, bring­ing the to­tal to 80 spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas across Auck­land.

One area which will see a boom in de­vel­op­ment is 111-117 St Lukes Rd, near the in­ter­sec­tion with San­dring­ham Rd. De­vel­op­ers N2b Limited are look­ing to build 107 apart­ments on the site in the next three years.

The first homes will be ready to live in by mid-2016.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes says there is a real lack of no­ti­fi­ca­tion in the spe­cial hous­ing area process.

The board will be keep­ing a close eye on the de­vel­op­ment for good qual­ity de­sign, he says.

‘‘Be­cause of the lim­i­ta­tions of no­ti­fi­ca­tion it’s only the lo­cal boards that re­ally get con­sulted,’’ he says.

‘‘We be­lieve very strongly there should be wide no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

‘‘It’s cer­tainly my hope that de­vel­op­ments in Auck­land are bet­ter de­signed than they have been in the near past. ‘‘That still re­mains to be seen.’’ Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith says the sheer num­ber of spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas in Auck­land means a po­ten­tial yield of up to 41,500 homes.

It is the mo­men­tum and scale nec­es­sary to im­prove Auck­land’s hous­ing is­sues, Smith says.

‘‘The suc­cess­ful ef­fect of the Hous­ing Ac­cord is ob­vi­ous in the lat­est build­ing con­sent fig­ures, which show 7119 con­sents were is­sued in Auck­land in the year to July.

‘‘This rep­re­sents an an­nual rate of growth of 30 per cent – the high­est in a decade.’’

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