YOU SAY: IS INFILL HOUSING OK?
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.