Council & Government agencies will combine forces to continue redevelopment of housing in Northcote.
Housing NZ’s acting chief executive, Greg Groufsky, said on Friday the Hobsonville Land Co Ltd, its subsidiary in charge of the Hobsonville Point development at the top of the Waitemata Harbour, would also lead development in a special housing area at Northcote, on the North Shore.
Redevelopment at Northcote started in 2010 with new homes in Tonar St South, but couldn’t continue into Tonar St North until infrastructure capacity was resolved.
Hobsonville Lane chief executive Chris Aiken said Housing NZ & the subsidiary would work in partnership on an urban redevelopment plan for Northcote, and the immediate focus would be on building new & additional social housing. Stage 1 will comprise 56 homes in a mix of 1-4 bedrooms, on land occupied by 19 houses built in the 1950-60s.
Council agency Panuku Development Auckland owns the nearby town centre, has identified Northcote as one of its priority development locations and has begun design work to redevelop the town centre. Strategy & engagement director David Rankin said Panuku would work with Hobsonville Land to better connect the town centre with local homes, and create a variety of housing opportunities to renew the whole area.
“Northcote has been given ‘town centre’ status under the proposed Auckland unitary plan, which means we can now deliver on much of what has been planned in the past. We want to see housing & commercial developments that strengthen the community and reinforce the local character.”
Mr Aiken said Hobsonville Land was progressing plans for the first few sites and would like work to start by the end of the year. More detailed plans were being finalised and would be shared with the community as soon as they were available.
“Our immediate focus will be to build new & additional social housing. Over the longer term there is an urgent need in the area for additional good quality housing with a broader mix of home types.”
Attribution: Housing NZ & Panuku release.