800 more homes as Glenbrook SHA gazetted

The new SpecialHousing Area willmean a massivepopulation growth inGlenbrook.

The new SpecialHousing Area willmean a massivepopulation growth inGlenbrook.

Plans have been released for a massive influx of new residents in the local region after two new greenfield Special Housing Areas (SHAs), in Glenbrook and Drury were announced by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown.
“These two latest Special Housing Areas at Glenbrook and Drury in Franklin now bring the total number of Special Housing Areas in Auckland to 86, with a combined potential yield of up to 45,000 new homes,” Dr Smith says.
The two new SHAs announced last week were at McLarin Road, Glenbrook, a 87 hectare development, expected to create 800 homes; and at Bremner Road, Drury: 68 hectares, and at least 1000 homes.
The announcements have been criticised in some quarters over the lack of infrastructure to support the housing boom, with Green Party Co leader Metiria Turei saying the proposals will condemn thousands of Aucklanders to a life of ‘transport poverty.’
“These houses are going to be built on land miles away from the city with no viable public transport links in sight,” she added.
However, Mayor Len Brown says he is confident the infrastructure will support the developments.
“Both of the new sites are already closely located to amenities such as local halls, reserves and education centres, and we are confident that the proposed housing developments at these sites can be well-serviced by existing or planned water, waste and roading infrastructure,” Mr Brown says.
“I also commend the undertaking from the developer to build at least 150 affordable homes at Bremner Road – or 15 per cent of the total project. This is above the 10 per cent affordable housing provision which is required in the Special Housing Area by the council.
The Minister and Mayor also announced a 5.2-hectare extension to an existing 29-hectare SHA at Fred Taylor Drive in Massey. The Glenbrook site was gazetted last week, while the Drury site and the extension at Fred Taylor Drive have been recommended to Government by council and is due for gazettal shortly.

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