Neighbours fear high-rise plans
Uncertainty remains over what’s in store for a neglected piece of land in Mt Albert.
An 8000 square metre property on Asquith Ave, owned by Housing New Zealand since the 1970s, has been empty since November.
The site is now a special housing area which means Housing New Zealand can develop it quickly with a fasttracked consent process and limited notification and appeal rights for neighbours.
Residents fearful that a highrise development could be built over their back fences have been pushing to be included in the plans all year Leader, July 11).
A meeting was held on Tuesday for Housing New Zealand to update the community.
But not much information was released, Mt Albert resident Scott Hunter says.
Housing New Zealand told residents it is still looking at options and could not say whether it plans to keep the entire site or parts of it.
Residents’ concerns include the size and character of the development, the park and mature trees on the site, carparking, demolition work and the stone boundary wall along the site.
Housing New Zealand has
( Central promised to keep residents in the loop, Hunter says.
‘‘It’s just a wait-and-see at the moment. When they get a few ideas on what they want to do, they say they’ll let us know.
‘‘I’m probably pro something happening there but just want to see it done in a manner that suits the site.’’
Housing New Zealand spokeswoman Bryony Hilless says the company has no concrete plans for Asquith Ave.
Once decisions have been made Housing New Zealand will take the information back to the community, she says.
It has chosen Cheshire Architects to design the buildings on the site, she says.
The company has lodged a resource consent to demolish the existing buildings and there will be a tender process to appoint a company to do the demolition once the consent is granted.
An exact timeline will be released after the demolition company is appointed, Hilless says.
‘‘There is always some inconvenience for neighbours when demolition activity occurs but we’ll ensure the residents are well informed and have a single point of contact if they have any concerns or questions about this part in the process.’’
The site is expected to be cleared in 2015.