First in, first served

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

FIRST home buy­ers will have to be quick off the blocks to snaf­fle an af­ford­able home in a new cen­tral Auck­land devel­op­ment.

A 1.2 hectare site on Mt Eden Rd has been ap­proved as a spe­cial hous­ing area (SHA) and the re­source con­sent lodged, with homes set to be on the mar­ket as soon as next year.

But only eight houses out of the 78 homes will be sold for be­tween $460,000 and $500,000.

Those eight homes are the af­ford­able hous­ing com­po­nent of the SHA and a re­quire­ment for get­ting the Fletcher Res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment fast-tracked.

But once on the mar­ket not just any Joe Bloggs can swoop in and pick up one of th­ese bar­gains.

The pur­chaser must be a first home buyer and in­tend to own and re­side in the home for no less than three years. The buyer must also have a gross house­hold in­come that doesn’t ex­ceed $91,800. An Auck­land Coun­cil spokesper­son says af­ter three years of own­ingoc­cu­py­ing, the home can then be sold at mar­ket value.

Af­ter meet­ing the full cri­te­ria it is as sim­ple as reg­is­ter­ing your in­ter­est with the ven­dor, the spokesper­son says.

‘‘Af­ter that, the prin­ci­ple of ‘first in, first typ­i­cally prevails.’’

The coun­cil and Fletchers are cur­rently flesh­ing out the de­tails such as where the af­ford­able hous­ing will go within the devel­op­ment.

‘‘The coun­cil en­cour­ages ‘pep­per pot­ting’, or the dis­tri­bu­tion of af­ford­able homes through­out a devel­op­ment, where it can.

‘‘It should also be sim­i­lar in ex­ter­nal de­sign to the

served’ mar­ket rate hous­ing or ‘ ten­ure blind’,’’ the spokesper­son says.

Fletcher Res­i­den­tial carved the SHA land off the con­tro­ver­sial Three Kings Quarry – a move that has been met with out­cry from com­mu­nity mem­bers be­cause of the fast-paced na­ture of SHA de­vel­op­ments and the lim­i­ta­tions around public in­put.

But Mt Roskill MP and Auck­land Is­sues spokesper­son Phil Goff says the devel­op­ment is a nec­es­sary step for­ward for the Three Kings area.

‘‘Auck­land will have to de­velop in­ten­sive hous­ing ar­eas be­cause it can­not just keep ex­pand­ing out­wards,’’ he says.

‘‘With proper plan­ning so that the devel­op­ment is com­pat­i­ble with the lo­cal land­scape, is matched by proper in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment and con­sid­ers fairly the in­ter­ests of oth­ers in our ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity, the SHA can be pos­i­tive.’’ Goff says $460,000 to $500,000 isn’t ob­tain­able for ev­ery­one and ef­forts need to be made to pro­vide hous­ing for all.

‘‘We should also re­quire so­cial hous­ing to be pro­vided as part of the wider devel­op­ment of the area to en­sure that those on lower in­comes are not in­creas­ingly ex­cluded from Mt Roskill,’’ he says.

Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board chair­woman Julie Fairey says the price of the af­ford­able hous­ing is linked to the me­dian Auck­land house price.

‘‘As a re­sult it is ac­tu­ally quite a high price,’’ she says.

Fletchers has in­di­cated it is ready to start earth­works as soon as re­source con­sent is granted, and con­struc­tion once build­ing con­sent is granted.

Re­source con­sents should be de­cided on within 20 work­ing days, if non­no­ti­fied. If the ap­pli­ca­tion is to be limited no­ti­fied, then the time­frame is 70 work­ing days.

First im­pres­sion: The spe­cial hous­ing area as it will look from Mt Eden Rd.

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