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Old April 13th, 2013, 07:24 AM   #221
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I agree, the base does look cheap but I love the rest of it.
I like it, I really like what looks to be a roof top terrace and I also like the industrial struts at the bottom, interesting, I look forward to see it built. Fits in nicely with what is a cool little cluster of medium-density apartments in the area.
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A New World coming to Kumeu
Foodstuffs (Auckland) Limited is delighted to confirm New World is coming to Kumeu.

Foodstuffs (Auckland) General Manager - Property Development, Angela Bull says resource consent for the New World has been granted and demolition of the existing buildings on the site has begun. The New World will be located on the site of the former Placemakers at 110 Main Highway. "We are delighted to bring New World to Kumeu," says Angela Bull. "We have great support from the Kumeu community for a New World and we are excited to be getting underway with the new store. The New World supermarket will be approximately 2800sqm in size, with a modern bright look, easy access and plenty of car parking. Construction of the new store will commence shortly and we will confirm an opening date for the New World closer to the time."
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Old April 16th, 2013, 01:42 AM   #223
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This is a good example of when I agree with Residents Associations - the site in question should be for mixed-use purposes and not light industry ...

Residents take on retail giant over store plan

Residents of the small inner Auckland suburb of Arch Hill are taking on hardware giant Bunnings over its plans for a warehouse store on the former Summit House site in Great North Rd. Clothing manufacturer Ambler & Co, known for its Summit shirts, based much of its business there from the 1960s but moved to a new complex in Rosebank Rd, Avondale, in December. Bunnings bought the site at 272-302 Great North Rd, which is on the border of Arch Hill and Grey Lynn. A company spokeswoman said Bunnings was seeking resource consent to build and operate a warehouse store. The proposed development would have three levels - two basement levels and the main warehouse level, with primary public access fronting on to Great North Rd. Auckland Council commissioners ruled the consent be processed on a limited notification basis and notified parties have until May 3 to comment on the proposal. The development covers both the Summit House and former Wattyl Paint trade centre sites ... MORE
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Old April 17th, 2013, 02:33 AM   #224
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Is Sandringham the area that is becoming Little India ? If so I recently went there and I loved all the smells, colours and Indian music blaring from inside the shops. I also noticed that a lot of villas were being refurbished.

State houses go as sections sold to developer for $8.7m

A formerly state house-dominated street in Sandringham is set for major redevelopment after seven large sections were sold to a developer for more than $8 million. Housing New Zealand, in announcing the sale of Haverstock Rd land yesterday, said selling the old state house properties will allow it to build at least 40 new homes in more affordable areas of Auckland. "Land prices have increased significantly in Sandringham in recent years. We sold the land because it was too costly ... to redevelop within this highly-valued suburb," said Sean Bignell, Housing NZ's general manager for asset development. High quality houses would be built elsewhere in Auckland, he said. "Including suburbs nearby where redevelopment is financially possible - such as Three Kings where Housing NZ is currently building a 22-unit complex." The freehold land, in zone for Mt Albert Grammar and on seven sections spread across 10,629sq m, was for sale by tender by Bayleys with potential buyers able to purchase one or all sections ... MORE
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Old April 18th, 2013, 09:40 AM   #225
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Why would it be too costly? They own the land, build a medium density mix with some private units and they'd probably recoup all the costs. This is simply National policy playing through of Housing NZ slowly selling off its housing stock but failing to actually replace any of it.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 05:39 AM   #226
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99 College Hill St Marys Bay

Nice little section of land running from 99 College Hill through to Dublin Street.
Looks like a great site for a medium density development - perhaps 3 -4 levels
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 05:15 AM   #227
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If I had money I'd be buying sites like this and redeveloping them, there's a massive demand for good quality developments of higher density in the city and it's a demand that's going unfilled.
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Sales soar beyond ritzy areas

The number of sales in Auckland suburbs typically considered less desirable are growing at a faster rate than their usually sought-after neighbours. The Real Estate Institute has compared sales data from the past four years for Remuera, Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Mt Eden and Pt Chevalier with the areas around them. As the prices skyrocket in those suburbs - considered the city's most desirable because of school zoning, proximity to town, views and calibre of housing - Aucklanders are settling for houses just outside the boundaries in areas not so much favoured. The biggest difference was between Ponsonby and Kingsland, with the former decreasing in sales by 30 per cent and the latter increasing by 75 per cent. In the country's most expensive suburb of Herne Bay, the number of sales grew by just 3.1 per cent in the past four years, while neighbouring Western Springs grew by 16.6 per cent. Pt Chevalier saw a 22.4 per cent rise, while Mt Albert grew 32 per cent. The number of sales in Remuera grew by just 9.1 per cent, compared with its neighbours Meadowbank and Ellerslie, which grew 34 and 30 per cent respectively ... MORE
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Old May 16th, 2013, 03:24 AM   #229
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Court approves new Beachlands centre, doesnít force early main-street development

The Environment Court has approved Progressive Enterprises Ltdís plan change for a supermarket & commercial area at the start of the road into the Beachlands village down the Hauraki Gulf coast from Auckland. Environment Judge Melanie Harland and Commissioners John Mills & Anne Leijnen issued their decision rejecting the appeal of the Pohutukawa Coast Community Association last Friday. Importantly for both Progressive and the villages existing smaller commercial area, the court also ruled that the supermarket company didnít have to start developing the new commercial centreís main street in the first stage. The result is confirmation of Auckland Councilís plan change 30A, but with modifications resulting from the court hearing. Judge Harland wrote in the decision that, if the plan change was approved in its current form, there could be significant effects on the community function associated with the new centre going beyond trade competition. ďWe have considered the provisions of the staging rule, and we have reached the view that if the requirement to build the main street floorspace is delayed, the market will determine when the effect could no longer be described as significant. This is because a population base will have established sufficiently to support the additional retail floorspace, thereby reducing the risk of an immediate & significant depletion of the existing resource, and the effect this would have on the community ... MORE
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Old May 17th, 2013, 01:04 AM   #230
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Takapuna holiday park looks doomed

The iconic Takapuna Beach camping ground is doomed and an $8 million high-performance sail training centre proposed in its place faces an uphill struggle for resource consent. After months of hot public debate, a panel of commissioners will put its recommendations on the Takapuna Beach Reserve Management Plan to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board on Tuesday. Future use of the northern end of the reserve for a marine hub has been a major issue for the members of the hearings panel - Greg Hill (chairman) and local board members Chris Darby, Dianne Hale, Jan O'Connor, Kevin Schwass and Joe Bergin. A draft of the management plan went out for public consultation last July. The panel received a petition with 2037 signatures seeking retention of Takapuna Beach Holiday Park and 245 submissions through Yachting NZ supporting a National Ocean Water Sports Performance Centre on 40 per cent of the camping ground. The panel said Takapuna was tipped to become a metropolitan centre and there was pressure on the reserve because of its increasing popularity and growth in sailing regattas, waka ama, and swimming events ... MORE
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Great news bring on a green seaside reserve. The trailer park can move elsewhere. Everyone should be able to enjoy this prime spot.
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Swanson set to grow after 13-year wait

A rural village in West Auckland is set for a boost of 330 new homes which were first planned 13 years ago but became caught in a battle between the developer, a residents' environmental group and local authorities. Auckland Council has approved a change to the Waitakere District Plan to allow intensified residential development around the Swanson Railway Station. This follows a successful Environment Court mediation of appeals on a council commissioners' decision last June on the so-called Penihana North plan change. Swanson is a former sawmilling centre and orchard area. "It's a nice little village and it will essentially have a doubling of the population," said a resident of 40 years, Paul Robinson, who has been concerned for a decade on how the land is developed. Swanson's role in Auckland's growth was sealed in 2009, when the former Waitakere District Council accepted an area of 22.5ha for urban development. In 2010, the former Auckland Regional Council moved the metropolitan urban limit to include farm land in Penihana North ... MORE
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Auckland's first mass affordable housing project, with homes priced from $320,000, could rise soon on a plant nursery site between Mt Wellington and Otahuhu. Charles Cooper, managing director of real estate consultants Colliers International, said Springpark would have 440 apartments and terrace residences on a 10.3ha site at 33 Panama Rd. "Aucklanders are struggling to get a reality grasp on the housing market," Mr Cooper said of first-home buyers whose expectations, he felt, were often out of kilter with prices. "But these places will be of such a high standard that they will set the new code." He said he had 375 buyers registered. The site is home to Zealandia Horticulture which plans to move further out of the city. A resource consent application was lodged on May 20 which Mr Cooper said was notified because only 347 places could be built on the land as of right. "We're trying for 440 but it's still only 22 per cent site coverage so it's not massively dense," he said, predicting construction to start later this year with the first places finished later next year ... MORE
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Marae plans $4m upgrade

A $4 million upgrade is in the works for a marae left largely unaltered since the 1960s. Te Puea Memorial Marae in Mangere Bridge is about to embark on the first stage of an upgrade that will take about four years to complete. The "massive" project should also make the marae more accessible to the community, project manager Anthony Ruakere says. Government departments and the Maori Land Court often use the marae for meetings and hearings but when there's a tangi or other tikanga-based activities they can get crowded out. Renovating and opening the empty memorial building - the first stage of the project - should fix that problem, Mr Ruakere says. "When it's finished it will almost double the usability of the marae." Stages 2 to 6 include upgrading the kitchen areas, the wharekai (dining hall) and the wharenui (meeting house), building an administration block and resurfacing the marae atea (courtyard). On the wishlist is a caretaker's residence and a garden where visitors can learn about traditional Maori medicine, Mr Ruakere says. The marae committee is keen to get the project under way in time for the marae's 50th anniversary in 2015 ... MORE
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A hearing committee of 2 independent commissioners & one elected member is proposed to consider the application by Ponsonby Road Ltd (Adarsh & Darpan Patel & Neil Salter) to build a 3-level retail & residential building at 221 Ponsonby Rd, Freemans Bay. The makeup of the hearing panel will be decided on Friday by Auckland Councilís hearings committee. Itís attracted 8 submissions in support and 20 in opposition. Submitters in opposition include the NZ Historic Places Trust & Westmere Heritage Protection Association. The property, zoned residential 7a, is on the corner of Ponsonby Rd & Pember Reeves St and is vacant. The proposal is for 2 ground-floor retail units & 3 apartments above, wi9th parking at the rear accessed from the side street. Council resolutions team manager Rob Andrews said in his report on the application key assessment issues included the potential effects on amenity values, particularly visual amenity & appearance in relation to streetscape & character effects, and traffic safety & parking effects arising from the increased density of development proposed. He said the proposal hadnít been reviewed by the councilís urban design panel. The apartments would have interiors of 68m≤ with an 8m≤ deck, 139m≤ with a 17m≤ deck and 177m≤ for the top unit, with a 78m≤ roof deck, above shops of 61m≤ & 74m≤. The building would have a 261m≤ foot print, plus 87m≤ for garages on the 480m≤ site.
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Matiatia marina proposal notified

Application detail: The proposal is to construct & operate a 160-berth marina & associated facilities immediately north of Matiatia Wharf, within the northern corner of Matiatia Bay. A 3020m≤ reclamation would provide a 55-space parking area. A boardwalk would connect an adjoining coastal reserve.

Access to the reclamation would be from the end of Ocean View Rd. The marina would have 5 floating piers & associated finger jetties & gangways, a floating marina administration office, 2 rock breakwaters & dinghy racks. 5025m≥ would be dredged to form the marina basin. There would also be up to 20 piles for up to 17 craft to moor outside the marina.
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Who would have thought, a 6 level apartment block has been approved for the town centre in Warkworth ...

The proposal to build three accommodation apartment blocks plus 10 retail shops, a rest home/hospital facility, cafť and leisure facilities including a private gym and swimming pool behind the Warkworth Inn in Queen Street was submitted to Auckland Council for resource consent in June last year. Council received 161 submissions on the Oaks resource consent application, of which 138 were in support of the proposal, 22 were opposed and one was neutral.
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Leg up on cards for low-income areas

Auckland's low-income suburbs of Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure will roughly double in population under a draft plan for more intensive housing to be unveiled today. The urban "regeneration" project, which could add up to 6000 new homes to an existing 5050, is expected to be one of the first "special housing areas" with fast-tracked resource consent processes under a housing accord signed last month by Housing Minister Nick Smith and Auckland Mayor Len Brown. The target of 6000, included in the accord, makes it the biggest housing development scheduled in Auckland and twice as big as the 3000-unit Hobsonville development. It covers the area between West Tamaki Rd in the north and the Panmure Basin in the south, including 2880 Housing NZ homes, about 1160 owner-occupied houses and just over 1000 private rental properties. Unlike other developments, the draft Tamaki strategy also includes 11 other social, economic and environmental elements, as well as housing, designed to make the area more liveable despite doubling the population density ... MORE
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New World store proposed for Howick

Howick will have supermarket competition if a new proposal gets the green light. The National Trading Company of New Zealand has applied for resource consent to build a 2992 square metre New World with 163 car parks. The supermarket on the corner of Wellington St and Union Rd would offer shoppers a choice to the four Countdowns that now service the area. It would replace the abandoned Manukau Knitting Mills factory and adjoining buildings. The application is publicly notified. Vaughan Smith of Bentley & Co wrote the application and in it says the development would be positive for Howick residents and those visiting or working in the area. It would meet demand from a growing population and improve competition and choice. "It is concluded that any adverse social or economic effects generated by the proposal on centres within the study area will be less than minor and there will be no impact on the community focus of any centre," he says. If the New World goes ahead, many shoppers will travel a shorter distance to buy food as the site is located between supermarkets. Mr Smith says Auckland Council is not allowed to take trade competition into account when it considers the proposal. A Covec Ltd report prepared for the applicant estimates the New World will take 10 per cent of Countdown Howick's turnover, 8.6 per cent of Meadowland's and 6 per cent from each of the two Highland Park Countdowns. But it would not cause any of them to close ... MORE
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I wonder if they have planned for an upgrade to the intersections of Wellington St & Andrew Rd then? I live just up the road from the proposal and traffic can be a nightmare as it is at times.

That said, I'm keen on seeing some competition back in the area to break the Progressive monopoly.
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