Housing NZ has doubled the density of its original Special Housing Area plans, and applied for consent to build 11 apartments on the sites of 9-11 Purewa Rd. There will be three 3-storey buildings and one duplex on the site.
Housing NZ’s original application in 2015 was for 12 dwellings in total on the four sites 9-11 Purewa Rd and 6-8 Puroto St.
We are concerned that the new consent was non-notified, meaning locals do not get to have a say. We are also surprised that all of the dwellings are to be Housing New Zealand houses, not mixed ownership, so they are of no help to anyone trying to buy an affordable starter house, which was the original purpose of the Special Housing Area idea. Furthermore, the building design is sorely lacking on what is a beautiful site and right next to the future Glen Innes – Tamaki Drive Shared Path.
We do not know what is going to happen with the remaining land on 6-8 Puroto St.
For detailed information about the development from Housing New Zealand, view the following documents:
- Assessment of Environmental Effects & Statutory Analysis for 9-11 Purewa Rd
- Architectural Plans for 9-11 Purewa Rd
- Resource Consent Application Form 9-11 Purewa Rd
In addition, local resident and neighbour to the development Grant Dickson has put together a PowerPoint presentation about the development and its potential impact on neighbours, which he delivered to the Orakei Local Board at their meeting on May 18.