‘Real lack’ of consultation
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.’’