Few changes made to apartment designs

The latest plans for apartments in Stanmore Bay are essentially the same as the earlier designs.

Any hopes that revised plans for an apartment block in Stanmore Bay might see the buildings reduced in height and density, and made more visually appealing, have been dashed with the release of the latest plans last week.

Back in April, developer Ozone Limited submitted a resource consent application that was for 61 apartments in three blocks on the 4012sqm site behind New World at 85-89 Brightside Road (HM April 18). Two of the blocks are five-storeys high and one is four-storeys.

When the proposal was made public by Hibiscus Matters, it caused considerable anger among local residents who said the buildings, which stand out even more because they are on a prominent corner site, are totally out of character for the small beachside suburb.

Auckland Council planners sent that proposal back for further work, citing concerns such as the height and bulk in a low-rise residential area of Stanmore Bay.

However, the amended plans released to the paper last week, pictured, are to all intents and purposes identical.

A Council spokesperson says small amendments have been made to the building detailing, materials, and internal layout.

Once council has completed a thorough assessment of the application, a decision will be made on whether or not the proposal will be notified so that the public can make submissions.

Council hopes to make that decision by Christmas.


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