De­vel­oper keen on Cas­tor land

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A prop­erty de­vel­oper is will­ing to build nearly 20 homes on the Cas­tor loop land in east­ern Porirua – but there’s a catch.

Rob Spero, who said he rep­re­sents a com­pany that has mil­lions of dol­lars at its dis­posal, has been dis­ap­pointed with the re­sponse he has re­ceived from Hous­ing New Zealand and Mana MP Kris Faafoi re­gard­ing the va­cant land.

Since 2008, Hous­ing New Zealand has torn down more than 30 old state houses in Cas­tor Cres, Esk Place and Hazard Gr, but has not re­placed them.

Faafoi is pre­par­ing a pe­ti­tion to try and put pres­sure on the Govern­ment to build more state homes in the Cas­tor loop to take pres­sure off the hous­ing wait­ing list.

Spero, who said the com­pany he rep­re­sents owns and ten­ants about 30 homes across Porirua,

‘‘I would be in­ter­ested to hear what he had to say, but we need to be mind­ful that we need af­ford­able, so­cial hous­ing in this area.’’

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