Residents fear that Scott Road in Whangaparāoa may struggle to cope with traffic from the additional 50 homes being built there.
The road is narrow and already has a high volume of traffic, according to Sandra Gillooly, who has lived there for more than 20 years.
She says residents are worried.
There is a footpath on only one side of the road, and she says any more traffic will render it unsafe for families and older people living there.
“I know that there is great need for housing and I am not opposed to it,” she says. “I just wish that the infrastructure was considered.”
In fact, a consent for a 50-home development at 40A Scott Road was granted five years ago, and then varied in April last year to allow work on the subdivision to proceed.
The company behind the project is NZ Highland Development, with three directors – Xiaohong Chen, Xiaoyu Liu and Tina Yang, all of Auckland.
Scott Road comes out onto Whangaparāoa Road near New World – already a busy place to get in and out of.
“Each of those 50 houses has capacity for two cars, so that is at least 50 and possibly up to 100 more cars on a suburban road,” Sandra says.
Stage 1 is on the market. Sections range from 450sqm to 600sqm and will be sold as house and land packages.
Subdivision sought for Weiti River site
The first step in subdividing a largely rural site on Chenery Road, Red Beach, into 33 homes began with a resource consent application to Auckland Council almost a year ago.
The 6.37ha site is mainly pasture, with sheep, alpaca and goats grazing. It goes down to the Weiti River – this part includes a Unitary Plan Significant Ecological Area as well as a High Natural Character area, with native bush along the water’s edge.
The site is zoned Residential Large Lot and Coastal – General Coastal Marine. A development company called HND RB (incorporated in May last year) owns the land. Its directors are Xiaomiao Fan and Yaxun Zhang, both of Hobsonville. The resource consent application, prepared by Cato Bolam, states that “extensive areas of landscape and ecological significance are proposed for protection, additional riparian waterways will be planted and protected, and an esplanade reserve and strip will be created along the edge of the Weiti River”.
The proposal includes removing some large native and exotic trees, but no riparian vegetation will be removed.
During earthworks, the application states that there will be “appropriate erosion and sediment controls to ensure that waterways and the nearby marine environment are protected from silt”. Council planners sought more information and have not yet decided whether or not to grant the application.