NZ Urban Development news from the media | 20 December 2022 | $300m+ Bayswater Marina scheme wins approval: Herberts can build 78 apartments


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$300m+ Bayswater Marina scheme wins approval: Herberts can build 78 apartments

Simon and Paula Herbert’s scheme to develop 78 apartments on the landward area of the North Shore’s Bayswater Marina has won consent.

Independent hearing commissioners headed by Greg Hill have just approved an amended proposal, scaled back from 119 apartments during hearings a few weeks ago to 78 now.

The scheme is estimated to be worth around $300 million on completion but original plans changed after Auckland Council officers withdrew their support for the scheme in September when hearings into the plans were under way.

Kāinga Ora Responds to Court Action

Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities has today filed its statement of defence with the Auckland High Court following a case brought against it by private property developer, Winton Land Limited.
The agency is strongly rejecting claims of anti-competitive behaviour made by Winton and remains focussed on building new homes to meet a pressing need for all New Zealanders, says Katja Lietz, General Manager Urban Planning and Design.

“Separate from our public housing programme, our urban development role is about increasing housing stock for all Kiwis, providing a range of housing options to enable more people to own their own homes in locations close to jobs, transportation, education and other amenities,” she says.

“Our urban development work is focussed on creating thriving communities to benefit all New Zealanders, generally going over and above what the private market is able, or willing, to do.”

Through provisions in the Urban Development Act 2020, Kāinga Ora can help advance developments that might have otherwise struggled due to challenges such as needing collaboration between multiple parties or funding constraints.

City hotel on track to reopen after insurance deal made nearly 12 years post-quake

After over a decade of insurance wrangles, a 14-storey central Christchurch hotel is at last on track to be repaired and reopened.

Owner Emmons Developments has settled its $190 million insurance claim on the former Rydges/Noahs hotel on Oxford Tce.

The vacant building was on the Christchurch City Council’s “Dirty 30” list of sites considered barriers to the earthquake rebuild.

The property includes the retail and parking building alongside, and the cleared site of the demolished 12-storey Grant Thornton office building facing Cathedral Square.

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