Mt Roskill housing shake-up on cards
Up to 700 Auckland state houses will be replaced with about 2000 new homes, Mt Roskill MP Michael Wood says.
The Labour MP said a major housing redevelopment was being planned for Mt Roskill and the community was being kept in the dark about it.
The proposed redevelopment was in the area directly south of Mt Roskill cone between Dominion Rd and May Rd, he said.
In February Prime Minister Bill English said there was ‘‘plenty of scope’’ for mediumdensity developments on Housing NZ (HNZ) land in areas like Mt Roskill.
The developer would be the Hobsonville Land Company (HLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Housing New Zealand, which was also responsible for the Hobsonville Point development in west Auckland, Wood said.
HLC chief executive Chris Aiken said it had been asked by Housing New Zealand to investigate a redevelopment in the Akarana area of Mt Roskill.
HLC had spoken with the Local Board, schools, police and community groups in the area, he said.
‘‘We take a community based approach to development and as our plans evolve we will continue to engage with stakeholders in the area.’’ Aiken said.
However, such a project was not yet approved so he was unable to confirm how many houses would be replaced and built.
Wood said he had obtained information that suggested between 500 to 700 houses would be replaced with about 2000 new dwellings.
It is not clear whether new dwellings would be state houses, private homes or mixed.
Wood said he was not opposed to development but HNZ and HLC had made minimal effort to communicate with the community, he said.
Wood said he was told by the Government that public consultation would happen after resource consent had been filed.
‘‘They’re actually entirely changing this community and to only then talk to that community after you’ve developed their plans is wrong.’’
Social Housing Minister Amy Adams said HNZ engaged with communities regarding developments.
Michael Wood is hosting a community meeting on the issue on March 30 in the May Road School hall.