Sue Simons and Heather Philip act for an Orewa-based developer, Coastal Properties Ltd, who has been successful in obtaining consent for the third stage of an integrated development in Grand Drive, Orewa.
The original vision for the overall development involved 21 single family dwellings to be constructed in three stages, along with new roading, shared recreational facilities and green space to create an integrated community close to schools, transport and other local amenities.
Coastal Properties sought greater density for the third (and final) stage by providing terraced rather than single family housing. Submitters, including occupants of the first two stages, opposed the application. Consistent with many applications these days, the key issues that arose related to greater density and associated neighbourhood amenity and character effects.
The Council hearing committee granted consent on the basis that the effects associated with additional density were no more than minor in comparison to the buildings previously consented, and that it appropriately facilitated the integrated development of the site while providing additional housing choice in the Orewa market.
Sue Simons says, “This case represents the changing character of residential development in Auckland, reflecting the aspirations in the Unitary and Auckland Plans of a quality compact urban form.”