NZ Urban Development News - 9 October


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 9 October 2018.

 Glen Eden on track for big changes

Probably one of the biggest developments to happen in Glen Eden in decades is being carried out at 6 Waikumete Rd - next to the Southern Hemisphere's biggest cemetery and opposite the local primary school.

Two huge apartment towers are rising from the spot and, when finished next July-August, will have the capacity to house up to 300 new residents.

The towers - one 11 levels high and the other 10 storeys high - will also include six two-level terrace homes and a ground-floor retail space.

Chinese plans for nearly 600 housing lots after paying rich listers $40m

Changda International New Zealand, 60 per cent owned by the People's Republic of China and part of the Changda construction and development business, got Overseas Investment Office consent to buy 37ha of land on Sunnyheights Rd, Orewa from the Masfens.

Dao Yang, Changda's finance and HR manager based at Albany, said last week that work was well under way to establish sites for new houses on the land where group builders Signature and Golden Homes had bought. The project is Pacific Heights.

"We are creating 574 residential sites," Yang said of the property at 207 West Hoe Heights.

New suburban retail and health centre for Kensington's old supermarket site

A new multi million dollar retail and health centre could soon become the hub of Kensington's shopping centre.

Discussions between proposed development partner, Argyle Estates Ltd and Northland Regional Council, who is the owner of the Whangarei site, could lead to the transformation of the former supermarket site into a bustling suburban centre.

"This corner property has been empty for four years and a redevelopment will inject new life into the high-profile site," NRC chairman Bill Shepherd says.

Special character resource consents - October update

Auckland Council has now completed a case-by-case review of resource consents identified as possibly affected by the Special Character Areas Overlay issue. This review involved a thorough assessment of each potentially impacted consent to determine if it was in fact affected.

Today, the council announced that a total of 335 resource consents have been confirmed as affected and has begun re-contacting these consent holders to advise them that their resource consent is verified as affected. We are also contacting other people whose consents were identified as potentially impacted, to tell them that their resource consent is not affected and no further action is needed.

The councils General Manager – Resource Consents, Ian Smallburn, says that as a result of undertaking a comprehensive review of every potentially affected consent, his team is confident that many impacted resource consents will be relatively straightforward to resolve.

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