NZ Urban Development news from the media | 24 January 2023 | 31 Ngongotahā Road purchased through Land for Housing


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31 Ngongotahā Road purchased through Land for Housing

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has purchased the land at 31 Ngongotahā Road through the Land for Housing programme, for a mixed development of affordable homes for the private market and public housing.

The development is for approximately 350 homes. HUD has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Watchman Residential to progress design and consenting works. Watchman have a project team of consultants working directly with councils and the Ministry for the Environment on consenting applications and requirements.

Paddock or protected wetland? 102 Auckland homes held up by technicality

A 102-house development in Auckland has been held up because the developer and council experts can't agree on whether the land is a paddock or a protected wetland.

The reason? It has a drain pipe that funnels water into a small pond on the edge of the property.

The source of the argument has been an obscure technicality in freshwater management rules that considers unintended water bodies as protected “natural wetlands”.

The developer, Newhaven Property, first applied for resource consent two-and-a-half years ago in anticipation of starting earthworks at the Papakura site in 2021.

Williams Corporation converts unsold townhouses into Airbnbs

Embattled housing developer Williams Corporation is making a buck converting some of its unsold townhouses into Airbnbs.

On Biddle Cres, in the Lower Hutt suburb of Taitā, six townhouses operate as short-term accommodation on Airbnb. Each of them is still owned by Williams Corp, despite the 30-townhouse development being labelled “sold out” on the company’s website.

Drive just three minutes to Milne Cres, and you’ll find another five Airbnbs – still owned by the company, within another supposedly sold-out development.

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