Hundreds more homes headed for Coast

When complete, this development behind the Silverdale Park and Ride will include several hundred homes, including terraced housing.

Subdivisions in Whangaparaoa, Red Beach, Orewa and Silverdale will add hundreds of homes to the Coast.

In Silverdale, a 26ha site at 2182 East Coast Road, near the park and ride, is being developed by a company called Build Rich which has three directors – two based in Hong Kong and one, Tsang Wing Yueng, from Taupaki.

The development will take place in five stages. Last month the first 11 of the Stage 1 residential lots were put on the market. Together, Stage 1 and 2 will include around 200 single lots and both stages include additional areas for more intensive, apartment or terraced house dwellings, the details of which are unknown until they gain Council consent. There are three further stages in this development, again with details as yet unknown.

Meanwhile, subdivision of 84.5ha of rural land on the western side of the Grand Drive motorway exit, formerly Hall Farm, began at the end of last year (HM December 12, 2018). This development is now called Ara Hills.

Recently its developers, A V Jennings, advertised that around 700 homes could be built there instead of the original 575. A V Jennings development manager, Cameron Hodgson, confirms that it has resource consent for 575 homes but says the company is working through a process with Auckland Council towards “livening up the zoning”, in line with the Unitary Plan. He says 700 homes would be the maximum, and only if it gains Council approval and there proves to be demand for apartments and terraced housing. The first 14 residential lots at Ara Hills are now on the market. Cameron says this development will not be “a sea of homes”, but has been master planned so that around half the site will be residential and the rest in native bush, parks and reserves along with a small commercial centre.

In Whangaparaoa, the Neil Group has just purchased the 2.7ha site at 455 Whangaparaoa Road, next to The Peninsula Club retirement village, and plans to develop it into a subdivision for up to 30 homes. The company has been in business for more than 60 years and was one of the early Gulf Harbour developers. It was recently in the news for seeking restrictions on noise at Whenuapai Airbase.

Neil Group chief executive Phil Ainsworth says the company will spend the next few months working through the design and resource consent processes and expects to commence work on the Whangaparaoa site towards the end of next year.

He says that an ecologically significant area of bush will be protected, and that the entry from the subdivision, which is directly onto Whangaparaoa Road, will be “engineered to ensure safe access and egress”.

There is more growth in Red Beach too. Two original homes have been demolished on a site of around 1.32ha at 38A Moffat Road, and the land turned into a 22-lot subdivision that recently went on the market. The developer is Thirty Eight Moffatt (sic), whose sole director is Andrew Leigh Taylor of Hamilton.

Six of the sites, which are a minimum of 600sqm, have already sold.

A lane has been created into the site, off Moffat Road, and from there the exit will be onto Hibiscus Coast Highway, at Hilltop.

In addition, a 13.4ha site at 198 Pinecrest Drive, Gulf Harbour recently went on the market. The land was originally part of the Shakespear family’s farm and is expected to be developed into a subdivision of more than 100 homes.

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