The plan change to turn 250ha around the old Kingseat Hospital into a village for an eventual 5000 residents comes up for final approval on Thursday, 8 years after the old Franklin District Council started work on plans to transform the rural area.
Plan change 28 was notified by the new Auckland Council in January 2011, in a combination of plan change & variations based on the old district council’s structure plan for the area. Auckland Council’s Auckland development committee will approve making the plan change operative at its meeting this week.
The village idea was an enlargement of initial plans to redevelop the hospital grounds, sold in 1996. The psychiatric hospital, just south of the Manukau Harbour between Waiau Pa & Karaka, was closed in 1999.
Most of the plan area will be rezoned residential, allowing for residential development at varying densities. The future town centre & southern part of Kingseat will be zoned business & light industrial to service local needs & the wider catchment. The remaining areas subject to the plan change & variations will be zoned recreation & coastal.
As part of the plan change, a number of features identified for protection due to their historic & cultural value were scheduled, with immediate effect on public notification in 2011. This included scheduling of buildings, structures & trees on the former Kingseat Hospital site. Construction of the psychiatric hospital began in 1929 and it opened in 1932. South Auckland Health sold the property in 1996 and closed the hospital in 1999.
Auckland Council principal planner Barry Mosley says in his report to this week’s meeting the plan change would enable Kingseat to be developed as a compact & contained urban area of high amenity with a unique sense of place, characterised by connected areas of open space, making it a readily walkable village.
The plan change has been through an Environment Court hearing & mediation, and the court issued a consent order resolving 3 appeals on 8 May.
24 January 2011: Kingseat plan change notified
Attribution: Council report.