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2 townhouse sales

A duplex unit in Royal Oak was sold at Bayleys’ suburban auction series last week and an Onehunga townhouse was sold post-auction.

Isthmus east


9C Curzon St:
Features: single-level 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, double internal-access garage
Outcome: sold post-auction
Agent: Glenn Baker

Royal Oak

22 Turama Rd, unit 2:
Features: 152m², 2-bedroom duplex, double internal-access garage
Outcome: sold for $935,000
Agent: John Procter


Red Beach

15A Fairway Avenue:
Features: m², 2-bedroom townhouse, office, double garage
Outgoings: rates $/year including gst; body corp levy $/year
Income assessment: $/week
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Karen Asquith & Graeme Mann

Attribution: Agency release.

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Metlifecare gets Red Beach consent after village redesign

Metlifecare Ltd has been granted resource consent for the development of a new retirement village on its 5ha site at Red Beach, on the Hibiscus Coast.

Chief executive Glen Sowry said today the new village would differ from anything Metlifecare had done before: “After our original resource consent application was declined in November 2016, we took the opportunity to start again with some bold ideas about how we will meet the needs & expectations of our next generation of residents while also becoming an integral part of the local community.

“We believe the new design, which we have developed in collaboration with local residents & the council, represents a whole new approach to retirement living & aged-care support. We have created an urban neighbourhood precinct which combines all the benefits of a fit-for-purpose retirement village within a wider community environment that promotes & enables inter-generational & social integration, both of which we believe will become increasingly important to residents in the future.”

Mr Sowry said the new village would comprise about 320 units & beds, providing the full continuum of independent living & care apartment options including villas, manor houses, apartments & hospital-level care.

“The flat site has given us some real flexibility in our building configuration, with all parts of the village easily accessible for older residents while merging seamlessly with the surrounding neighbourhood.”

Metlifecare expects the total investment over the life of the project to exceed $200 million, and Mr Sowry confirmed the revised village design would comfortably meet Metlifecare’s investment criteria & margin thresholds: “While the revised scheme is less intensive, we are confident this retirement village concept will be well received by the community and adds significant value to the company. Our modelling indicates that each completed unit will add about 25% of its value to our net assets.”

The company expects to spend 4 years building the village, starting with site works in October. Mr Sowry said the first units were planned for completion by mid-2019, and said the new scheme provided the company with a staging flexibility which didn’t exist in the previous scheme, allowing construction to be accelerated according to demand.

“We believe demand for this village will be strong. The Hibiscus Coast has one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing populations, with people moving from far & wide to enjoy its relaxed lifestyle.”

Earlier stories:
5 August 2016: Propbd on Q F5Aug16 – Wiri site for Turners, Ryman at Hobsonville, Metlifecare unconditional at Red Beach, port alliance, Stride buy OK
13 January 2015: Metlifecare buys 5ha of Red Beach golfcourse for new retirement village

Attribution: Company release.

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6 sell at Colliers auction

5 commercial properties were sold at Colliers’ auction on Wednesday, and another shortly after.

Isthmus west


432 Rosebank Rd, unit 4:
Features: Coverstaff NZ Ltd on new 6-year lease
Rent: $52,000/year
Outcome: sold for $891,000 at a 5.8% yield
Agents: Charlie Oscroft & Craig Smith

Mt Roskill

954 Dominion Rd:
Features: 130m² site, corner café, 3-bedroom apartment
Rent: was $550/week for café, $420/week for apartment
Outcome: sold for $890,000
Agents: Peter Kermode & Jasmine Yao



34 Triton Drive, unit B2:
Features: 185m² air-conditioned office, 5 parking spaces,
Rent: $65,542/year net + gst, 6-year lease
Outcome: sold for $835,000 at a 7.8% yield
Agents: Janet Marshall & Paul Salmon

Mairangi Bay

3A Whetu Place:
Features: 537m² high-stud warehouse
Outgoings: opex $55/m²/year
Rent: $76,317/year net holding income; current lease expires September 2016
Outcome: sold for $1.255 million at a 6% yield
Agents: Mike Ryan & Matt Prentice

Hibiscus Coast – Millwater

175 Millwater Parkway, unit 8:
Features: 103m² retail unit I new development, 6-year lease with 2 6-year rights of renewal
Rent: $41,020/year net
Outcome: sold for $770,000
Agents: Euan Stratton & Matt Prentice



Fernhill Drive, unit A:
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Shoneet Chand & Brad Visser



228 Flanagan Rd:
Features: 2.1165ha site zoned future urban
Outcome: passed in at $800,000
Agents: Tony Allsop & Tim Lichtenstein

East Tamaki

11D Blackburn Rd:
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Jolyon Thomson & Ash Vincent

55 Greenmount Drive:
Features: 2345m² light industrial building, fully leased to long-term tenant
Rent: $240,000/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in, sold post-auction for $3.65 million at a 6.5% yield
Agents: Paul Higgins, Greg Goldfinch & Jolyon Thomson

South of the Bombays – Waikato


185 Victoria St:
Features: 532m² Lone Star restaurant,
Rent: $225,400/year net + gst + opex, lease to 2020, renewals to 2030
Outcome: passed in, vendor bid at $2.5 million
Agents: Mark Brunton & Justin Oliver

Attribution: Auction.

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Penlink start heads into distance as Hibiscus Coast congestion worsens

The fate of Penlink – its construction heading into the far-distant future instead of releasing constraints that are jamming an entire sub-region – is a fine example of how talking up a strategy doesn’t necessarily equate to action.

In 2013, a year after Auckland Council endorsed its Auckland Plan – the overarching regional policy & strategy document with a 30-year horizon – Penlink had an expected construction start of July 2016 for an opening in 2019. Then the start date slipped back 2 years and, this year, council long-term financial plans were slashed.

Map of the Penlink route.

Map of the Penlink route.

Penlink – otherwise known as the Weiti crossing, the 7km of road & bridge linking the Whangaparaoa Peninsula to State Highway 1 at Dairy Flat – moved back into the never-never as work began on new subdivisions at Gulf Harbour, Stanmore Bay & Red Beach, and development continues apace at Millwater, between the peninsula & the highway.

Traffic leaving the peninsula hits a traffic jam at Red Beach at 6am weekdays – 40km north of Auckland’s central business district.

Auckland Transport has consent to develop a 2-lane Penlink, but the project is now in the council’s 2025-35 financial timeframe and the council-controlled transport arm has applied to widen it to 4 lanes. To give certainty to the project, if not the precise timing, this involves seeking a 20-year extension to the lapse period for its notice of requirement, a 20-year duration for the resource consents and a 35-year duration & 20-year lapse period for the operational consents.

The hearing began before commissioners Dave Serjeant (chair), Bill Kapea, Michael Parsonson & Cherie Lane yesterday, will continue until tomorrow, then resume in a fortnight for a closing.

Auckland Transport counsel Andrew Beatson told the hearing panel yesterday the wider road was necessary because of the 40% increase in people relying on the Hibiscus Coast Highway (leading to the peninsula) over the last 12 years.

“This residential growth has not been matched by commercial growth, which has resulted in a high proportion of residents relying on daily trips out of the area. This has resulted in significant congestion and therefore poor travel times & journey reliability along both Whangaparaoa Rd & Hibiscus Coast Highway. The route also has poor provision for multi-modal services as, while there are existing bus services, these are unreliable due to congestion.”

Mr Beatson said alternatives didn’t match a 4-lane Penlink – 2 lanes on Penlink plus widening Whangaparaoa Rd to 4 lanes would affect 780 properties but still wouldn’t alleviate pressure on the Hibiscus Coast Highway & Silverdale interchange, while buses would be caught in the slow traffic.

And, while the whole Hibiscus Coast is a growth area, submitters told the panel in written submissions yesterday they struggled to get approval for development as Auckland Transport opposed anything that would worsen congestion.

Asher Davidson, counsel for 3 submitters which own land just south of Silverdale – Silverdale Golf Range Ltd, LM Painton Estate & Runwild Trust – said they wanted a shorter lapse period, a maximum 10 years. He said the constraint on traffic while Penlink remained unbuilt severely limited what they could do on their land: “Penlink has the durect effect of unlocking otherwise appropriate & much needed development within the Silverdale area.

Emma Bayly, counsel for Weiti Forest owner Hugh Green Ltd, said it had a 359ha landholding next to the notice of requirement route where, with a zone change, up to 2000 houses could be built. The company was concerned at what access it might have to the Penlink route.

Note: I live on the peninsula, but for many years thought early provision of alternatives would negate the need for Penlink. While the alternatives have been less fruitful than anticipated, continued construction of housing without improving access means congestion can only worsen.

Image above: Auckland Transport impression of the 2-lane Penlink.

Attribution: Hearing submissions.

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Metlifecare buys 5ha of Red Beach golfcourse for new retirement village

Metlifecare Ltd has conditionally bought 5ha of the Peninsula golfcourse for its second retirement village at Red Beach.

The golf club has sold the 45ha Red Beach course for residential subdivision and is moving to a new course at Wainui.

Metlifecare chief executive Alan Edwards said today the company planned a $150 million project on its 5ha, subject to due diligence (including feasibility) and obtaining resource consent, and the vendor obtaining subdivision consent.

Assuming satisfaction of these conditions and of related consents, Mr Edwards said the company expected to have resource consent by December, enabling development of the site to start in 2017. It would be Metlifecare’s 15th Auckland village and 26th nationally.

Metlifecare bought its first Red Beach village, Hibiscus Coast Village, in 2011 from Retirement Villages Group Ltd. It’s on a 6ha site at the corner of Whangaparaoa Rd & Red Beach Rd. The new village would be across the old golfcourse on the Hibiscus Coast Highway, over the road from the 3000-house Millwater subdivision.

A third, 27-unit village on this large block at the start of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Northhaven, is owned by Bupa Care Services NZ Ltd, which also owns the adjoining Northhaven Care Home.

Mr Edwards said Metlifecare’s new village would contain a range of one-, 2- & 3-bedroom independent living options & care beds. The community facilities would include a swimming pool, gym, café & bowling green.

“Importantly, the acquisition supports growth in Metlifecare’s development pipeline. The pipeline will comprise in excess of 1350 units & beds, depending on the final design & consenting process for the new Red Beach village.

Attribution: Company release.

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Unco-ordinated expansion thrives – take Silverdale for example

The Hibiscus Coast has to have the most unco-ordinated expansion ever devised.

[Photo shows traffic heading south down Silverdale Hill, entry to the industrial area a sharp left at the bottom.]

Between Orewa and the Silverdale motorway ramps, over the last 5 years retail developments have popped up along the western side of the old Hibiscus Coast Highway, another on the eastern side. Yet another retail/trade supply development (PlaceMakers) is about to open just off the highway, at one of the 2 entrances to the Silverdale industrial area.

And in the middle of all this growth, business owners in the industrial area called again last week to get their own set of traffic lights.

Everybody else has them – they seem easy to approve & erect for new retail developments, and the new park & ride just off the motorway ramps has a set.

Silverdale was split in half in the 1950s when a straight road was constructed up the hill to Orewa. The old winding road through the village remains, but exiting to travel south now requires a circuitous journey past all the newer retail precincts at the top of the hill.

Entering the industrial area from the south requires a turn across 2 lanes of traffic coming down the hill, speed limit 80km/h, or a turn on to the start of East Coast Rd followed by another turn 100m up that slope.

The Rodney District Council, which ceased to exist in 2010, approved $1.2 million of funding for the traffic lights to the industrial area through Tavern Rd, but Auckland Transport is concerned at the danger of lights at the foot of a steep hill. The NZ Transport Agency handed possession of the old highway to the Auckland Council-controlled Auckland Transport 18 months ago.

At the council’s infrastructure committee meeting last week, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt supported Silverdale Business Association president Lorraine Sampson in her quest for traffic lights.

Ward councillor Wayne Walker, however, argued against a set of lights for the industrial area: “I understand there’s an issue, but there are tens of thousands of people on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula who would be inconvenienced by another set of lights.

“Has any thought been given to locating a set of post office boxes over the other side in the industrial area, without creating the inconvenience? I do appreciate there are issues around the trucks & the like, but have you made your people aware of the Auckland Transport report about trucks stopping at the bottom of the hill and accidents?

“We’ve got a number of distinct areas – the industrial, which is limited & discrete; secondly, the old Silverdale commercial area, which is in decline; and the new centre up by Millwater, and that’s a retail centre; and then in terms of jobs & growth we’ve got the new commercial area (4600 jobs) in the knowledge economy area – the motorway ramps are coming on stream this year.

“If we look at the overall concept and the need to separate industrial vehicles from pedestrians & cars & cyclists, does it not make sense not to have another set of lights at Tavern Rd?”

Mrs Sampson said having a new set of traffic lights at the top of the hill, on Wainui Rd, as Auckland Transport proposed, would help the new Millwater retailers but wouldn’t help the industrial area. Mrs Parfitt said a precinct plan was needed, but the council budget had no funding for that.

Letters from 3 industrial area business owners show the extent of their difficulty. One, Kelvin Neville of transport company Neville Brothers Ltd, took his depot to Dairy Flat as his fleet of trucks faced ever-increasing problems negotiating Silverdale’s road network.

The other 2, Graeme Carter of Herman Pacific Ltd and Eddie Grooten of Dad’s Pies Ltd, have about 70 employees each and Mr Carter estimated 20 30-tonne truck & trailer rigs/week brought supplies into the cedar specialist, which kiln-dries timber at its 3.6ha Silverdale site. All up, he estimated the company would have up to 150 heavy vehicle movements/week.

Mr Grooten said the entry to the industrial area, from East Coast Rd through Forge Rd, “is designed for accidents to happen”. For staff to cross the old highway to visit the village was a 5km round trip.

Up at the start of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, planning commissioners who approved development of 520 homes on the Peninsula Golf Club’s 45ha last year set a limit on how many of those houses could be built before the new Wainui ramp to State Highway 1 is constructed to the west of Silverdale. That ramp is expected to substantially reduce traffic through the old Silverdale area, but more lanes on the peninsula road will still be needed to ease that bottleneck.

Silverdale is a part of rural Auckland that’s been swamped by residential growth on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and more recently at Orewa & Millwater. The Rodney council worked on plans to encourage jobs in the area, creating the knowledge economy zone for that purpose. However, decentralisation of business ceased to be a priority when the super-city was created in 2010, and Mrs Parfitt told the council committee last week 2 of the developers in the knowledge economy zone now want to build houses.

The area has become urban, but with haphazard access. In the wave of enthusiasm for building houses, made easier by central government pressure, short-term construction jobs will be created but long-term business development will suffer.

The old Rodney council developed plans for segments of the Hibiscus Coast which have been overtaken by the competition between retail giants, making a mockery of evolutionary planning. Meanwhile, the decades-long argument over one set of traffic lights – when others are installed almost on a whim – shows it’s not easy for sense to prevail.

The Hibiscus Coast – and probably other peripheral areas – will require a complete new examination to enable better access, more local jobs, sensible community development. But the rules of combat don’t favour that while change is led by individual planning applications and the role of local boards in the political structure remains uncertain, weak & dictated by a centralist council.

Attribution: Council committee meeting.

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PlaceMakers peninsula branch joins flight to Silverdale in 3 weeks

Fletcher Building Ltd’s merchant business, PlaceMakers, will close its Whangaparaoa Peninsula store on 28 March to join the flow of retail to Silverdale, 8km away.

The Whangaparaoa Rd store & yard were the main hardware & timber supplier on the Hibiscus Coast for most of the last 50 years, operating for many years as Great Northern Merchants until the big-chain contest saw both PlaceMakers & Mitre 10 enter the market.

Bunnings was the first of the chains to move into Silverdale, where there are now about 8 distinct retail precincts, starting with Bunnings & Pak ‘N Save off the State Highway 1 ramp before the old Silverdale Village. Countdown & The Warehouse are the anchors for one of 3 precincts up the hill from the village, running through to the peninsula turn-off.

PlaceMakers will open its new 8000m² branch, on the corner of East Coast Bays & Tavern Rds, on Monday 31 March. Its undercover drive-through area is 8 times the size of the existing Whangaparaoa store’s and the total yard covers 2700m².

Attribution: Company release.

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Pertinent observations a highlight of Red Beach golfcourse conversion decision

A private plan change enabling the Peninsula Golf Club’s 45ha course at Red Beach to be converted to housing has been approved by commissioners, with a number of reasons that are pertinent to the Auckland unitary plan under scrutiny in the council chamber this week.

The Red Beach proposal by PLDL Ltd is far less dense than some of the suburban intensification proposed in the draft unitary plan, but will remove a large suburban green space, although much of it will remain as open space.

PLDL proposed developing up to 520 homes at a ratio of 11.5/ha, mostly medium density (450m² minimum average lot size), with 73 lots averaging 273m². The overall density works out at a gross 865m²/dwelling, including the large proportion of open space. The total 6.24ha of reserves equates to 30.8m²/dwelling.

Pamela Peters, who chaired the hearing panel, said in the decision this intensity was consistent with the residential M zone & the established dwellings around the golfcourse site, and markedly less than some of the more intensive developments around the golfcourse (including an adjoining retirement village). The masterplan provides for most sites to be between 2-600m².

Apart from local residents who regarded the golfcourse as public open space – although it had been earmarked with a future urban zoning since 1988 – Auckland Transport also tried to get development delayed, proposing a staging condition that would have made the project unfeasible.

When the hearing started, the council officers’ had agreed with PLDL that up to 400 homes could be developed before a southbound motorway ramps was installed at Wainui. Auckland Transport arrived at the hearing with a proposal that only 270 homes would be appropriate before the ramp was built, and it preferred that only 150 be built. PLDL responded by volunteering a reduced threshold of 350 homes, which the hearing panel agreed to.

PLDL director Michael Newby said the development needed at least 350 unencumbered to secure financing. In any case, the Auckland Transport spoke in the works will be irrelevant if the council organisation ensures the ramp is in place by the scheduled 2015. PLDL expects its first houses to start appearing in 2016.

The golf club’s members voted in 2009 to sell their land to PLDL Ltd, in return getting a new course developed at Wainui, on the other side of the Hibiscus Coast Highway.

Ms Peters and fellow commissioners Ian Munro & Bill Smith said that central to the development application, however, were matters relating to wider infrastructure issues & the extent to which the plan change might be staged to ensure an appropriately integrated solution was achieved.

Subdivision must be in accordance with a masterplan, which includes a height control area abutting the existing residential areas around the golfcourse, limiting the height of buildings there to 5m instead of the 9m otherwise allowed in the residential M Zone.

The hearing panel accepted a hybrid approach to zoning proposed by PLDL, saying there was no reason why, in a rezoning request, development should be limited to the stated zone framework within the district plan.

Ms Peters added: “Likewise, while the district plan encourages the preparation of structure plans, and the council has undertaken many that have helped define future urban & other development zones, there is no requirement that the consideration of development in future urban zones must be led by the council or through a public plan change. The use of a private plan change, as has been proposed by PLDL, is of itself permissible.

“Mr Dave Paul, a council planner, commented that the work undertaken by PLDL for plan change 159 was of an equivalent – if not superior – depth to that which would have been undertaken by the council as part of a structure plan process. This was an important point to the commissioners.”

One area of contention between council planning staff and PLDL concerned the positioning of a few higher-density sections (class 3) across the street from medium density (class 2). Council principal landscape specialist Leo Jew felt it was desirable to have the same class of dwelling on both sides of the street and for the transition to higher density to occur mid-block.

The commissioners identified that this would amount to a loss of 2 higher-density sections and couldn’t see why Mr Jew should identify this one mismatch as being problematic when there were numerous others of a similar scale over which he’d raised no concern.

PLDL’s urban designer, Ian Craig said the change from one class to another across the street was necessary given the limited extent of difference and that, as the class 3 sections would be subject to a number of detailed urban design requirements, there should be no fear that the streetscape as viewed from the class 2 sites would be poor or inappropriate.

The commissioners accepted Mr Craig’s response: “While the intent of keeping both sides of a street the same is a commendable one, the commissioners have not been convinced that achieving it is a critical imperative in every instance or that there will be a material adverse effect arising from this & other proposed instances of dwellings at one density being opposite from dwellings at a higher one.

“Given that building height & domestic form will be apparent, there is sufficient compatibility between both sides of the street that they will form a coherent residential street character for all users.

“The commissioners are aware of many instances in the locality around the site where streets have different densities & types of land use on either side for a limited extent, such as with the primary school and along Whangaparaoa Rd.

“Such a mismatch is also proposed in plan change 159 and supported by Mr Jew in the case of public open spaces, which inherently involve one activity on one side of a street and another on the opposite. Such differences are not in our view inherently adverse, and often add a variety or positive effect to the street – such as is the case with the open space locations.”

The commissioners agreed the residential M zone was insufficient to manage the effects & design of dwellings at the proposed density and, “were this proposed to be the case, the submitters’ concerns would be well founded. However, as was explained by Mr Craig, plan change 159 & scheduled activity 153 provide for numerous urban design requirements & criteria, taken from elsewhere within the Auckland Council district plan (Rodney section) 2011, that will ensure development of those higher density sections will be to a high quality.

“That the subdivision plan will need to be based on the masterplan and will avoid the creation of unworkable or unsuitable sites for that higher density development is also a relevant risk management factor. The commissioners are therefore satisfied that the development of plan change 159 is supported by appropriate tools to ensure that low quality outcomes are avoided.”

Ms Peters said the plan change proposed 2 very different interface or edge treatments: “Along most of the northern, western & southern boundaries, class 1 dwellings (the lowest density) would be provided for. That outcome will ensure a ‘like with like’ compatibility is achieved.

“In addition, much of those units would be subject to a 5m building height restriction. The purpose of that would be to preserve much of the existing openness & outlook from units at the perimeter above the golfcourse. The commissioners agree that this is an effective approach that will be successful at ensuring a smooth transition eventuates between that existing development & the plan change site.”

The development company, PLDL, is owned by Robinson Developments (2008) Ltd, Kerikeri, & Westbrooke Capital Partners Ltd. Westbrooke is owned by its managing director, Michael Newby, and engineering consultancy Holmes Group Ltd, for which he’s business development director.

Attribution: Decision.

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Council opts to notify golfcourse subdivision while local board wants it bought for reserve

Published 3 January 2012

The Auckland Council will notify a proposal to subdivide the Peninsula golfcourse at Red Beach as a private plan change.

Under the proposed masterplan, the 18-hole 45ha course would be developed for a maximum 520 homes at a ratio of 11.5/ha, mostly medium density (450m² minimum average lot size), with 73 lots averaging 273m².

The golf club’s members voted in 2009 to sell their land to PLDL Ltd, in return getting a new course developed at Wainui, on the other side of the Hibiscus Coast Highway.

The Hibiscus Bays Local Board asked the council’s governing body in November to reject the plan change and investigate buying the site, or parts of it, for a reserve.

Council planning staff said the ground for rejecting the plan change – that the relevant section of the district plan had been operative for less than 2 years – could be made out as appeals weren’t resolved until April this year and the Rodney district plan was formally made operative only in July.

But principal planner Dave Paul said, in his report to the council regional development & operations committee’s 15 December meeting, those appeals didn’t relate to the future urban policy or zone and there was no challenge to the golfcourse zoning or provisions relating to the site, so it could be argued the plan change request ought not be rejected on that ground.

The council committee agreed to accept the plan change for notification rather than adopt it, thus allowing the council to maintain a neutral position. The committee noted the local board’s resolutions and said it would give the board a presentation, as requested, before the plan change is publicly notified.

Among conciliatory provisions in the developer’s masterplan, new buildings in a height control area abutting existing residential areas would be kept below 5m instead of the 9m allowed in the medium-density zone.

Most of the total site of 45.38ha is owned by the Peninsula Golf Club and 3 sites are privately owned. Hibiscus Coast Village Holdings Ltd owns 7045m², half of which is already zoned high intensity with a retirement village building on it, and the other half to be rezoned from future urban to high intensity as part of the plan change.

Hibiscus Coast Village Holdings is owned by Private Life Care Holdings Ltd, a company outside the listed Metlifecare Ltd but with some of the same shareholders, including Queensland developer FKP Ltd, Retirement Villages Group (the joint venture between FKP & Macquarie Bank Ltd) and some Macquarie funds.

Hibiscus Coast Village Holdings had been reported as opposing the plan change, but the plan change document indicates it would get this piece of land rezoned and retain its ownership.

The document also says that having only medium intensity zoning would be an inefficient use of the site, yielding only 420 homes – 100 fewer than in the present proposal – at 9.25/ha (compared to 11.5/ha for the present proposal).

The development company, PLDL, is owned by Robinson Developments (2008) Ltd, Kerikeri, & Westbrooke Capital Partners Ltd. Westbrooke is owned by its managing director, Michael Newby, and engineering consultancy Holmes Group Ltd, for which he’s business development director.

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Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, Companies Register, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Hatfields MUL extension operative 10 years after application made

Published 10 November 2011

The metropolitan urban limit will be extended at Hatfields Beach on Thursday 17 November – 10 years after Cabra Developments Ltd made its application.

The Auckland Council’s regional development & operations committee approved the extension on 20 October – formally, approving change 17 to the Auckland regional policy statement and variation 7 to the Auckland regional plan: Air, land & water.

Cabra, headed by Ian Boocock, applied in 2001 to include 5.8ha of its land at the back of Hatfields within the metropolitan urban limit, with a medium-density residential zoning the same as the adjoining 2.1ha already inside the MUL.

An Environment Court consent order in 2009 directed that the land be rezoned automatically once it was inside the MUL, and the Rodney District Council prepared an application to shift both the MUL & the urban air quality management area to incorporate all the Cabra land.

The application went to a council hearing in June, was finally approved in October and the change formally becomes operative on 17 November.

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Attribution: Council notice, agenda documents, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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