Town to rise from the rub­ble

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JOHN AN­THONY

‘‘It will trans­form the eye­sore of a derelict quarry into a mod­ern, in­te­grated, in­nercity com­mu­nity’’

Con­struc­tion of a con­tro­ver­sial $1.2 bil­lion Auck­land hous­ing devel­op­ment will go ahead fol­low­ing more than five years of op­po­si­tion.

On Wed­nes­day it was con­firmed up to 1500 dwellings will be built at the for­mer Three Kings Quarry be­tween the sub­urbs of Mt Roskill and Royal Oak, af­ter a com­pro­mise was reached be­tween devel­oper Fletcher Liv­ing and res­i­dents’ groups.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on the $1.2 bil­lion devel­op­ment be­gan in 2008 how­ever, it has been fraught with de­lays as res­i­dents, sup­ported by the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board, op­posed the devel­op­ment.

Three Kings res­i­dents’ groups took the mat­ter to the En­vi­ron­ment Court and High Court, due to con­cerns about the depth to which the devel­op­ment was re­quired to dig into the ground and pro­vi­sions ap­proved by Auck­land Coun­cil.

They were up against Fletcher Build­ing and the Gov­ern­ment, who both sup­ported the devel­op­ment.

Now the par­ties have reached an agree­ment, af­ter Fletcher made changes to its plans. The devel­op­ment will go ahead this sum­mer with the first homes com­pleted in 2019.

Fletcher Res­i­den­tial and Land Devel­op­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Evans said the agree­ment re­quired up to four me­tres of ad­di­tional fill in the for­mer quarry.

Other changes in­clude bet­ter con­nec­tion to a new town square and bet­ter recog­ni­tion of maunga and other vol­canic fea­tures.

All ap­peals would be with­drawn, Evans said.

Three Kings Quarry was the sec­ond big­gest brown fields site in Auck­land, Evans said. The devel­op­ment, which was ex­pected to cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs, would in­clude a town square, two play­ing fields, a vil­lage green and a wet­land park with board­walk.

En­vi­ron­ment and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith said he was frus­trated it took so long for the devel­op­ment to go ahead but ac­knowl­edged the need for com­pro­mise.

‘‘It will trans­form the eye­sore of a derelict quarry into a mod­ern, in­te­grated, in­ner-city com­mu­nity with a town cen­tre, high qual­ity pub­lic spa­ces and play­ing fields.’’

The devel­op­ment was sub­ject to more than 100 con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings and dozens of High Court, En­vi­ron­ment Court and com­mis­sion hear­ings.

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Fletcher is build­ing 99 ter­raced houses next to the quarry, sim­i­lar to those to be built in the for­mer quarry.

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