Developer Coastal Properties is again seeking consent to build a five-story retirement complex in north Orewa, adjacent to native bush, a stream and historic buildings.
When the plan to develop land at 23–25 Annalise Place was first publicly notified, in July last year, there was strong opposition from nearby residents and organisations such as Hibiscus Coast Forest and Bird. A total of 32 submissions were put forward at that time. Most were concerned by the bulk, height and scale of what was proposed in a residential area, and the effects on Nukumea Stream and Eaves Bush Reserve.
That application was withdrawn, so that the applicant could refine it in response to issues raised by submitters as well as the fact that the Auckland Unitary Plan became operative in part, which allowed for “a less complex assessment” of the proposal.
There are a few changes to the proposal the second time around – design tweaks have been made, there is one less apartment and six fewer carparks; up to six electric cars will be supplied for residents’ use, which the developer says will reduce the need to own your own car.
The proposal consists of three blocks of 3–5 storey apartment buildings containing 120 apartments, a bowling green and gardens. On the eastern side, the top level has been set back although its roof extends over the 11m height limit.
It is also proposed to relocate the existing ‘Rose Cottage’ (Heritage Building) to be used as a reading/library room.
The proposal, listed as 488 Hibiscus Coast Highway, is on Auckland Council’s website under notified resource consents and at libraries and Orewa Service Centre in Centreway Road. Submissions close October 3.