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We asked our read­ers what they thought about al­low­ing ter­raced, in­fill and three­storey hous­ing:

Robert Ashe: This is the fu­ture of af­ford­able, sus­tain­able hous­ing ... as long as it is done right. Coun­cil needs to con­trol the process, not de­vel­op­ers, oth­er­wise they will de­stroy the qual­ity of life in our sleepy, sun-drenched sub­urbs. Richard Fran­cis: Multi-storey so­lu­tions plonked amongst ex­ist­ing hous­ing has been tried in the Hutt and most other sub­ur­ban cities in the past and they have al­most al­ways ended up as ghet­tos. But there cer­tainly is a place for imag­i­na­tive land use, bet­ter ur­ban de­sign and a re­gen­er­a­tion of the CBD and fringes with apart­ment op­tions. Ian Sil­ver: In­fill­ing is al­ways a good idea. It pre­vents sub­ur­ban sprawl en­croach­ing on parks and other green spa­ces. Oliver Butt: Although it’s a good and prob­a­bly nec­es­sary idea in gen­eral, we need to be very care­ful about the ar­eas that are se­lected. Some of the ones pro­posed so far have a very high risk of be­com­ing slums as they cur­rently have poor ac­cess to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. Chrissy Robert­son: I’d hate it. And I’d cer­tainly hate to see any­thing that high near to my place. Ricky James Voice: How about gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion to stop peo­ple be­ing priced out of buy­ing their own house? Grae O’Sul­li­van: Looks bril­liant. Why are peo­ple op­pos­ing more houses for the Hutt? Kimbo Col­lier: The rents will be sky high and the peo­ple that re­ally need them will miss out. Melissa Magee: It needs to hap­pen with af­ford­able hous­ing also. Shar­ron El­ley: Caged peo­ple, high crime op­por­tu­nity, etc. Never learn. Put the MPs in them to see how it works. Ber­na­dine Mary: Ab­so­lutely hor­ri­ble! Stu Kay: That’s what the Hutt needs, more ghetto apart­ments! Have you not learnt from Po­mare orWai­whetu flats? Eamon Fitz­patrick: It’ll turn into a slum. Marko Schubach: It looks far bet­ter than the cur­rent sub­ur­ban sprawl mix of coun­cil and pri­vate eye­sores. Chris Day­ton: Pe­tone, New­town, Pon­sonby, St Mary’s Bay were planned over 100 years ago to pack a lot of peo­ple into a small space while main­tain­ing a good qual­ity of life - and they still serve peo­ple bet­ter than any­thing the wonks have come up with ever since.

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