Published 6 November 2007Jurisdiction: Auckland City
Neighbourhood: St Heliers
Applicant: The BBG Trust Ltd (Greg Olliver)
Application: 33-45 Glover Rd, non-notified consent for 2 4-storey apartment blocks, each containing one apartment/floor for a total of 8 – down from 12 in 3 blocks under an application put to the council a year ago – with basement parking across the site.
Recommendation to council planning fixtures committee: Planning consultant Brooke Dales recommended non-notified consent.
Decision: The interim committee of 3 independent commissioners agreed with the recommendation and granted non-notified consent.
Application detail: In the original 12-apartment proposal, the apartments – all 256m² and taking a full floor, most with a 90m² terrace and first-floor units with an 88m² patio – were to be built on 6880m² of a reconfigured site above Glover Rd, overlooking Glover Park & St Heliers Bay.
In the revised version, the apartment size has been increased to 305m² and the terrace reduced to 42m², and they will sit on 4000m² of the total 8398m² site. Mr Olliver has already secured demolition consent to knock down 8 old houses, but is retaining one $2.5 million house.
Lawyer Douglas Allan, for BBG, said the development proposal complied with density requirements: “The applicant could build 8 separate houses with 8 separate driveways and make a bigger mess.” He said the terraced style was unusual for the area, but the council’s planning consultant, Mr Dales, said more of that style could be expected. There was an issue of private open space being on terraces, not on the ground, and Mr Dales said some of the concern from neighbours was about the stepped development, not the overall scale.
Directors’ other interests: Mr Olliver is the director of Landco Ltd, the company developing the former Lunn Avenue quarry in Mt Wellington into the 6000-resident Stonefields suburb. Landco is also trying to get a mostly residential development under way at Long Bay, at the top of the North Shore.
Earlier stories:30 May 2007: Olliver pulls reduced St Heliers project from agenda1 November 2006: Olliver pulls St Heliers development application after councillors say they want it notified
Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.