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Bellfield Road, Papakura - Special Housing Area

Published: Fri 12 Sep 2014 11:33 AM
Bellfield Road, Papakura - Special Housing Area
Issued by Councillor Calum Penrose
The former Papakura Golf Course and the adjoining property at 117 Opaheke Road, which borders the new Opaheke Park, have been recommended to the Minister of Housing in Auckland Council’s latest tranche of Special Housing Areas (SHAs).
This integrated housing project will be developed under the Auckland Housing Accord, which was last year agreed on by Auckland Council and the Government to assist in addressing the supply side of Auckland’s housing shortage. To date, 63 SHAs have been established across Auckland. Once this tranche is approved by the Cabinet, there will be 80
Local Councillor Calum Penrose says: “It’s great to see this land being used to inject more people into our area. The development will have positive effects on the local economy and provide great new public amenities that will cater for all ages.
“This project will also enable housing development of a type and price point in an area of much demand. That has to be good for our community. The team behind the project have a reputation for being meticulous in their methods and will create stunning facilities that will take Papakura and the south forward.”
Sir Noel Robinson, the Principal of Motleon Limited who owns the properties, has embarked on a master-planned development that will integrate with Opaheke Park.
As part of the development, Motleon will pay to remove a public encumbrance on the former Golf Course property. That money will be spent on improvements and facilities at Opaheke Park to benefit the wider community.
Bill McEntee, chairman of the Papakura Local Board, says that the master planning provides the opportunity to create not only a great development, but also a process to decide what community facilities will be provided, how best to integrate these with the overall development and how to ensure that it is of maximum benefit to the greater community.
Motleon is progressing detailed storm water modelling, and other substantial technical work, so that consent applications for development of the land can be prepared. It is expected that around 350 homes will be built.
Motleon is planning to hold public open days from 3:30 to 7:30pm on 22 and 23 September at Rosehill Intermediate school. This will give the community a chance to see what is being planned, ask questions and provide their feedback on the development.

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