More af­ford­able hous­ing for Mt Al­bert

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM CARNEGIE

The Gov­ern­ment has signed an agree­ment for a new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on un­der-utilised crown land in cen­tral Auck­land.

Build­ing and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith made the an­nounce­ment that more than 100 houses will be built in New North Rd, Mt Al­bert.

The agree­ment has been made by the Gov­ern­ment with iwi, Maru­tu­ahu Ropu, and con­struc­tion com­pany Ock­ham Res­i­den­tial Ltd.

‘‘This de­vel­op­ment, with an av­er­age house price of $573,000 and only 8km from Auck­land’s city cen­tre, is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the Gov­ern­ment’s Crown Land Hous­ing Pro­gramme,’’ Smith says.

Bruce Mor­ris from the Mt Al­bert Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion says he be­lieves the site bor­ders both Sol­jak Place and New North Rd.

‘‘It seems like a rea­son­able sized site for this type of de­vel­op­ment.

There are is­sues around grow­ing traffic con­ges­tion and the schools al­ready be­ing chocka and this will have to be worked out. But we ac­cept the fact Auck­land needs more houses,’’ Mor­ris says.

Smith says the site was orig­i­nally owned by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency as part of the Water­view road­ing de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘The de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity was op­ti­mised by pur­chas­ing ear­lier this year an ad­ja­cent sec­tion which was pri­vately owned.’’

He says the agree­ment means the Gov­ern­ment re­ceives de­ferred set­tle­ment for the land but places re­quire­ments on de­vel­op­ment to oc­cur at pace and for the homes to be con­structed at the more af­ford­able end of the hous­ing mar­ket.

David Shearer, Labour MP for Mt Al­bert, says the de­vel­op­ment will have to fit in with the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Too of­ten, with pre­vi­ous de­vel­op­ments, the con­struc­tion of hous­ing has pressed ahead with­out even con­sid­er­ing im­pacts on lo­cal schools and trans­port.

Smith says the houses in the Mt Al­bert de­vel­op­ment will be car­ried out in stages.

He an­tic­i­pates con­struc­tion will be­gin in July 2017, with the first dwelling to be com­pleted by May 2018.

Other Gov­ern­ment led hous­ing de­vel­op­ments in Auck­land in­clude Hob­sonville, Wey­mouth and Ta­maki.

‘‘We will be an­nounc­ing fur­ther de­vel­op­ments be­fore year’s end,’’ Smith says.

Build­ing and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith made the an­nounce­ment last week.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.