De­vel­op­ment con­cerns

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

A Hous­ing New Zealand de­vel­op­ment is caus­ing con­cern for an Auck­land res­i­dents group.

The Fon­tenoy Com­mu­nity and Res­i­dents Group is made up of Mount Al­bert neigh­bours call­ing for in­volve­ment in a Hous­ing New Zealand Spe­cial Hous­ing Area (SHA).

The Mt Al­bert de­vel­op­ment is at 31-45 Fon­tenoy Street and 5-14 Am­brose St. At present there are 13 dwellings on the site. Af­ter de­vel­op­ment there could be up to 50 new so­cial houses.

The group met with Hous­ing NZ on May 18 to hear plans and ask ques­tions about the de­vel­op­ment.

To help ad­dress the Auck­land hous­ing short­age the Govern­ment in 2013 cre­ated SHAs where con­sents would be fast-tracked to stim­u­late the mar­ket and tackle ris­ing house prices.

Hous­ing New Zealand has land in around 50 SHAs across Auck­land.

Group mem­ber Ni­cola Den­ni­son says they de­vel­op­ment could have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the com­mu­nity if cur­rent res­i­dents are not con­sulted.

‘‘We have a list of con­cerns we have pre­sented to Hous­ing New Zealand.

‘‘One of our biggest con­cerns is school­ing, schools in the area are al­ready at ca­pac­ity.

‘‘If Hous­ing New Zealand has not con­sulted with the schools then this could cause ma­jor is­sues,’’ Den­ni­son says.

Mt Al­bert MP David Shearer says he sup­ports the com­mu­nity group and has called for Hous­ing NZ to keep them in­formed.

‘‘As a govern­ment depart­ment it has an obli­ga­tion to look at the knock on ef­fects it will have on so­cial struc­ture,’’ Shearer says.

Den­ni­son says the group strongly op­poses Hous­ing NZ’s plan to have no pri­vate hous­ing in­te­grated into the SHA.

‘‘Hous­ing NZ’s pre­ferred ap­proach in gen­eral is in­te­gra­tion,’’ she says.

A Hous­ing NZ spokesper­son says they ‘‘will be speak­ing with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, fol­low­ing on from the feed­back we re­ceived at our re­cent meet­ing with res­i­dents’’. The spokesper­son says Hous­ing NZ will con­tinue dis­cus­sions with Auck­land Trans­port and will keep the com­mu­nity in­formed.


Up to 50 so­cial houses could be built at a Hous­ing NZ SHA in Mount Al­bert.

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