Auckland Unitary Plan interview with GLRA on Morning Report today

Auckland Unitary Plan interview on RNZ Morning Report todayThis morning Guyon Espiner talked to Brandon Wilcox of Grey Lynn Residents Association and Leroy Beckett of Generation Zero about the Auckland Unitary Plan.

Read the article and embedded interviews here or click here to listen to the Morning Report interview with Brandon Wilcox and Leroy Beckett. 

Background

The Independent Hearings Panel version of the Auckland Unitary Plan was released yesterday.

Auckland councillors will consider the recommendations over several days from 10 August. Decisions will be notified on 19 August. There are limited appeal rights until 16 September.

What’s in the new Auckland Unitary Plan?

Key Observation: All heritage protection, including the interim pre-1944 building demolition controls, has gone.

In Residential Single House zones that means our lovely villas and bungalows can be demolished with no controls.

The city fringe areas include most of Auckland’s heritage homes and the world’s largest collection of Victorian wooden houses.

And yet the Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendations for the Auckland Unitary Plan involve abandoning the pre-1944 building demolition controls.

We don’t understand the point in abandoning heritage protection in a single house-zone. There’s no intensification advantage in allowing character houses to be knocked down and replaced with another single house.

The only thing achieved is the destruction of our built heritage.

Over time it will strip Grey Lynn of its cultural identity.

Mixed Housing Urban: Up to two three-storey dwellings per site.

There is a pocket of Dryden and Schofield that is Mixed Housing Urban. This is the former Bethany and Dryden Lodge sites and, despite our best efforts, they have zoned Graham Dunster’s house and the two sweet little pre-1944 houses next to Dryden Lodge Mixed Housing Urban too.

Sherwood, Stanmore and the northern side of Surrey Cres (west of Richmond) have been up upzoned to Mixed Housing Urban as have Sefton, Gilbert, Tuarangi, Rona, Barrington, Wellpark and much of Fisherton and Francis.

Terrace Housing and Apartment Buildings (THAB): 4- to 6-storey buildings.

The southern side of Great North Road west of Surrey has been up zoned into THAB. Despite little change from the interim release there will be some very upset people.

Comments

  1. Geoff Houtman says

    The host wasn’t biased in any way at least 😉

    I wonder if Leroy is from the same Generation Zero that blindly supported the new Urban Design rules despite no-one having seen them.

  2. Nick Hackett says

    Our Councillors need to protect our heritage areas. As we know the area forever shrinks in size or loses key character bungalows and villas. Heritage protection needs to be a priority so we have a city with a distinct character that represents it’s history through the heritage architecture.
    We also need to maintain the minimum size of apartments that are allowed to be built, currently 35 square meters I believe. Otherwise we will be left with tenement style housing blocks. Most cities have this as a standard to prevent developers exploiting the situation.

  3. Grant Major says

    Very disappointed in the Council’s attitude toward our wonderful heritage buildings and houses. It will be good to publish the names of the elected councilors involved in this proposition so we can exercise our votes next time around..

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