Commissioners have approved Neil Construction Ltd’s special housing area application to rezone 26ha at Swanson from future urban to the mixed housing suburban & single house zones, and an initial development application for part of it.
Neil will create 78 vacant lots, including 3 super lots, in 2 stages in Birdwood precinct 2 at 10 Crows Rd, Swanson (the area outlined on the map). The balance of the precinct lies across the road at 1-11 Crows Rd, 161 Birdwood Rd & 8 Yelash Rd.
The segment of map above shows the area designated in the latest version of the unitary plan as recommended by the independent hearings panel on the whole plan. 10 Crows Rd is in the area outlined, the balance of the precinct is across the road & north of it, and the rural:urban boundary wraps around the precinct.
The full site covers 26.1832ha, but Neil’s qualifying development application covers only 6.7987ha in the southern part of the precinct at 10 Crows Rd. The land was designated a special housing area in tranche 3 of the housing accord between the Government & Auckland Council, in May 2014.
Planning consultant Clare Covington, for Neil, told the commissioners at the hearing in June that, in broad terms, the qualifying development adopted the form & character of the adjacent subdivision at Bradmore Meadows Drive, while the rest of the precinct would be in the lower density single house zone.
2 adjoining structure plan areas – Birdwood & Swanson North – sit outside the rural:urban boundary proposed by the council and are intended to retain a countryside living character.
Neil’s proposal for its site is to create 55 lots ranging in size from 406-920m² plus a 1378m² superlot in stage 1, and 20 lots ranging from 418-547m² plus 2 superlots, each of 1328m², in stage 2.
All up, the Neil subdivision will provide at least 93 dwellings and the whole precinct about 250 dwellings, at least 10% of them in the affordable category.