On the land that Fletcher wants to buy, houses are planned from five to seven floors. Photo / Fletcher Living
Fletcher Living’s bid for accelerated plans to build 370 homes on 6.2 acres of Ellersley racetrack, which it plans to buy, has been opposed by local government.
This was stated by Troy Charton, a member of the local council of Ōrākei
subject wanted scheme go through a more transparent process of consenting resources instead of getting special treatment through the Covid recovery process.
The council provided feedback against the scheme, which goes through the Covid-19 Recovery Act (Fast-track Consenting), he said.
“The purpose of this legislation is to block Covid’s terms and was designed to reset the economy. There seems to be no lasting damage to the construction industry or our economy from the pandemic,” Charton said.
“That’s why we emphasized that this style of development is no different from any other style of development.”
David Parker, the environment minister, says The Hill’s development plans meet the criteria and should therefore be submitted to an expert panel.
The decision has not been made yet.
Charton said that if the scheme is approved under the law, the board will choose who it wants to hear. Whether people in the area were involved is unknown.
When Ryman Healthcare used the same legal process to get approval to build a new village in Cochimarama, the group received comments from the local council and a group of affected locals, Charton noted.
The loss of greenery in the wider environment has caused concern.
“But the scale of what is being proposed has some obvious adverse effects on the environment, such as congestion and visual effects,” he said.
“The Hill has a landmark status in this area and for people jumping, so it’s sad to see that it has been turned into an apartment. But boards are more concerned with density, height, volume and scale, and the impact on local infrastructure – roads, stormwater , earthworks, ”Charton said.
“So we said this plan should be processed through a regular resource management system and made public, not an accelerated system.”
Scott Milne, chairman of the board, said: “We have known for some time that land is available, and as a board, we have considered the implications in terms of growth pressures.
“Our main concerns will be related to transport, as well as the loss of open space. Ellersley is also a business area of heritage, and it will be under enormous pressure, as well as the transport links that exist in the last century.”
Pressure on public transport and greenery were key concerns, Milne stressed.
People living in the new project could use buses or trains.
“If it’s a 10-minute walk from Ellersley Rail Station, an even greater intensification is possible,” Milne said.
The government wanted more affordable housing, Milne admitted, but doubted any of the new blocks would meet those criteria.
“By the standards of most New Zealanders, these will be very expensive apartments,” Milne predicted.
According to him, apartments in the area cost about 1.5-3 million dollars each and more.
Troy Elliott, deputy chairman and candidate for the Auckland Council in the October election at the Maungakiye-Tamaki branch, said people in the area should be consulted.
“None of us oppose development. But it needs to be done in consultation with all parties, including people from the village of Ellersley. It’s a short walk from the train station, but we need to make sure Fletcher has full consultation with the whole community.” Said Elliot.
The Elersley Residents Association was founded a few years ago based on its concerns about building a racetrack, Elliott said.
“Under the new housing bill, Fletcher’s plan won’t require parking. I’m worried about what will happen to the surrounding streets if there aren’t enough parking spaces?” Elliott asked.
“This rapid legislation is being used incorrectly. It is insignificant at best to apply Covid-19 in this process because the community has no right,” Elliott said.
Legislation indicates that The Hill – Ellerslie’s applicants in the fast-track process are Auckland Thoroughbred Racing Inc and Fletcher Residential.
The division of land, housing construction, infrastructure and open space is planned through a mixture of individual, duplex, apartment and terraced houses from one to three levels. Up to five apartments on seven levels are planned.
Auckland Transport, the Minister of Racing, the Minister of the Elderly, the Water Services and the Ngati Koheriki Claims Committee are the parties listed by the expert group who should be invited for comment.
The reasons for the accelerated process of the plans were the provision of jobs, increasing the supply of housing, a positive impact on social well-being through job creation and the provision of different types of housing.
The project will develop faster than otherwise under the consent systems of the Resource Management Act, the report said.
Fletcher’s proposal for the land is subject to approval by the Office of Foreign Investment due to the large number of foreign organizations in the stock register. the company is on the NZX and ASX list.
Steve Evans, CEO of Fletcher Living, said the parking lot will be provided “to meet the needs of our customers.”
“The Environment Minister has confirmed that Hill’s development meets the rapid tracking criteria that have been set up to speed up the approval of projects that are believed to support New Zealand’s recovery from the economic and social impact of Covid-19.
“We are looking to talk to residents, local councils and other stakeholders throughout the process. In the coming weeks, Auckland Thoroughbred Racing and Fletcher Living will be talking to residents, local councils and others,” Evans said.
As for infrastructure, Evans said: “We have already talked to utilities and are confident that development can be achieved without consequences for our neighbors.”