Mangawhai gets lion’s share of new home consents

A view of some of the rural land proposed for large-lot residential development. Photo, Mangawhai Hills

Over the past 10 years, well over half of the new dwelling consents issued for the Kaipara district each year have been in Mangawhai.

Mangawhai has accounted for between 58.1 per cent (in 2014) and 73.9 per cent (in 2020) of the total number of new dwelling consents issued by Kaipara District Council.

In 2020, 164 out of a total of 222 new dwelling consents were in Mangawhai. In the first seven months of this year, Mangawhai accounted for 58 of 89 new dwelling consents (65.2 per cent). Consents include those for relocated dwellings.

Mahurangi Matters has reported (August 14) on a private plan change application for 218.3ha of rural land west of Mangawhai to be rezoned to enable the development of up to 600 residential lots.

While the proposed Mangawhai Hills project would be a significant development, it is not the largest private plan change application to come before council, in terms of the number of houses envisaged.

With the potential for 850 residential units, the Mangawhai Central proposal (private plan change 78) was larger, albeit on a smaller piece of land – 130ha off Molesworth Drive. When access roads are in place, that development could accommodate more than 1000 housing units as well as Mangawhai’s new business centre, according to a council spokesperson.

Notified in April 2020, private plan change 78 went through the full process, including an appeal to the Environment Court, which the parties settled out of court last April.

The Mangawhai Hills proposal (private plan change 84) has been open for public consultation since late August 28, a process that ends on September 26.

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