North Shore Times : February 7th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 5 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 7, 2013 NEWS Residents concerned over new housing development By JESS ETHERIDGE Noise concerns: The site of the 26-house development in Northcote's Park Ave. Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE A 26-house development planned for Northcote's narrow Park Ave for more than six years has the go- ahead from Auckland Council despite strong opposition. Birkenhead Properties applied to develop at 20 and 34 Park Ave in 2006 and submissions closed in 2011. A public hearing was held late last year. Of 46 submissions, 44 oppose the proposal and two were neutral. As well as housing the development will include a village square and new public road. One resident, who did not want to be named, says increased traffic and noise are concerning. She has lived in North- cote for more than 30 years and believes each house- hold could bring up to three cars into the area. Car parking bays line the street and are rarely available throughout the day, she says. Reserve land lies behind the area and the resident is concerned for native bush and wildlife. Park Ave should be wi- dened to accommodate the traffic increase but man- holes and drains may pre- vent that, she says. I'm not expecting mira- cles but seeing too much bush going . . . There are too many developments,'' the resident says. Council spokesman Ni- gel Horrocks says it was approved with conditions including construction management, traffic and the protection of ecology. There are no plans to widen Park Ave. No reserve land will be used for the development.'' But 1.242 hectares of native forest on the site will be added to the adjac- ent Kauri Glen Reserve. Long Bay development stokes rising optimism Len Brown Population boom: Long Bay is set to grow by 2500 families when the new development is completed. Development at Long Bay is contributing to optimism about the Auckland home building sector. Auckland mayor Len Brown says it's great to see the housing stock is increas- ing and the building industry is getting a much-needed boost. Figures released by Stat- istics New Zealand show building consents in Auck- land increased by 21 per cent last year to 4582. December building con- sents in Auckland were up 48 per cent on December 2011, with apartments and retire- ment dwellings a key feature. The biggest contributors to the increase in activity were Flat Bush, Takanini and Papakura in the south and Long Bay and Silverdale in the north. Mr Brown says: Our focus this year must remain on housing affordability, ensur- ing that not only are more homes being built but Auck- landers also have access to homes they can afford. ''Auckland Council is work- ing closely in collaboration with government, the private sector, NGOs and housing agencies to find joint solu- tions to this complex prob- lem.'' The development at Long Bay is expected to boost the area's population by 2500 families. Earthworks for the first of the development's 18 stages were completed late last year and the first residents are expected to move in late this year. Sections for stage one sold out with an average selling price of $450,000.
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