800 more homes as Glenbrook SHA gazetted
“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. Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post