Published 15 March 2006
Jurisdiction: Auckland City
Applicant: Marlin Group Ltd (Layne Kells)
Application: 399-403 & 405-407 Manukau Rd, corner Queen Mary Avenue, add 2 levels containing 8 apartments to an existing 3-level building which has a commercial ground floor (Eve’s Bakery) & 11 apartments on the upper 2 floors, and to add basement parking to the rear adjoining site which is already used for ground-level parking, with entry from the side street
Recommendation to council planning fixtures committee: Consent
Decision: Non-notified consent
Application detail: Planning consultant Martin Green said the proposal had been to the council’s urban design panel twice: “The first time we were given 2 out of. We could reduce the size of the units & the size of the courtyard and come close to compliance, but we think this is pretty good.”
The proposal infringes the council’s basic floor area ratio control of 2:1, allowing 900mÂ², with a 2.67:1 ratio proposed, containing 1201mÂ². Hobson community board member Julie Chambers wouldn’t endorse the planning report, asking for it to go to the planning fixtures committee because she wasn’t happy with the size of development, but the committee fairly well ignored that aspect.
Cllr Christine Caughey was in favour: “I see the proposal as an excellent one for getting residential development along an arterial road, near transport.”‘ However she also wanted trees being removed for the rear parking development to be replaced by mature indigenous species, while Cllr Bill Christian thought that might cause problems for cars in a tight area. The committee settled on replacement with “appropriate” indigenous trees.
Directors’ other interests: Mr Kells has another, much larger development proposal before the council at the moment, the Soho project in Ponsonby, which has so far had the thumbs down from the urban design panel (with reasoning which I found at times to be quite odd).
Attribution: Committee meeting, agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.