When Northcote was listed as a special housing strategic area 2 years ago, it was to be the site for 700 new homes. When government ministers visited Northcote on Friday, they said the target had risen to 1200 in a $750 million project.
Central Northcote, an area dominated by state housing, was named in May 2014 in the third tranche of special housing areas under the accord between the Government & Auckland Council.
Housing NZ subsidiary the Hobsonville Land Co Ltd began the $30 million stage 1 of construction last week, replacing 20 old Housing NZ homes with 59 new social housing homes.
The 200-home second stage of the 5-year project will begin next year, when 38 Housing NZ homes make way for 60 new social housing units & about 140 new homes for market supply, with an emphasis on affordability.
The first homes will be completed in June 2017 and the entire redevelopment is expected to be completed by 2021.
All up, the Government will redevelop 300 existing Housing NZ properties into about 1200 new homes.
Bill English, Minister Responsible for Housing NZ, said the redevelopment would provide a better mix of size & type. The number of Housing NZ homes will increase from 300 to 400 and 600-800 properties will be sold as a mix of affordable & market housing. It will also be integrated with work to revitalise the Northcote town centre, which is starting with a framework plan developed by council entity Panuku Development Auckland.
Building & Housing Minister Nick Smith said the Northcote redevelopment illustrated the importance of Auckland’s new unitary plan, which will allow for a significant increase in the number of houses that can be built on Government-owned land: “The old plans only enabled Housing NZ to increase its housing stock from about 28,000 to 31,000. The new plan enables about 60,000 homes on the equivalent land area Auckland-wide. Today’s announcement is the first of a number of largescale Housing NZ projects which will now be possible under the new rules.”
20 1950s & 1960s houses will be removed or demolished in stage 1 at Northcote, and some removed houses will go to Spring Hill prison to be refurbished as part of building training programmes. New social housing will be a mix of houses, from 1-4 bedrooms.
Hobsonville Land will introduce its Axis series of more affordable construction in stage 2, and the range of housing types will also be more mixed, from terraces & apartments to standalone houses.
Future stages will contain 287 more social homes and a further 450-650 new homes for the market.
16 May 2016: Council & Government join forces to redevelop Northcote land
9 May 2014: Third tranche of special housing areas unveiled
8 May 2014: Accord tranche 3 adds 41 special housing areas
Attribution: Government & Hobsonville Land releases.