North Orewa retirement village seeks more units

Coastal Properties, the developer of a retirement village proposed for northern Orewa, is seeking to amend its resource consent to increase the number of units from 109 to 114.

The 1.19ha site at 25-35 Annalise Place and 488 and 496C Hibiscus Coast Highway was sold by the Theosophical Society to Coastal Properties in 2013. It borders Nukumea Stream and Eaves Bush.

Originally, the developer wanted to put 120 units on the site but in May last year, independent commissioners granted consent for 109 units.

Once consent was granted, Coastal Properties director Brendan Coughlan put the site on the market but it failed to find a buyer.

On September 27, the company applied to Auckland Council to amend several aspects of its consent, including the number of units.

The latest application states that the changes are proposed as architectural plans have been refined, and because the building and operation of the retirement resort “is to be a shared arrangement between the applicant and Senior Trust Ltd”.

The original consent allowed for five buildings, to a maximum of four-storeys high and 105 car parking spaces.

Generally, the bulk of the building blocks remain unchanged, although the design layout is slightly smaller than the original. An additional four carparks are proposed.

To accommodate the extra five units, a green roof is to be removed so that more units can go in one of the three-storey blocks.

Four more trees, including a 7m tall pohutukawa and mature cabbage tree, are to be removed for parking.

Council planners are currently assessing the application. The original consent was publicly notified, but as yet, no decision has been made about whether the proposed changes will also be notified.

Brendan Coughlan was contacted for comment but did not respond prior to the paper’s deadline.

The latest application is linked here:

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