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New housing and reserve in Whangaparāoa Peninsula

Published: 6 July 2016
  • Image showing how the development may look.
  • Link Crescent as it currently is.
  • D'Oyly reserve as it currenlty is.

What you need to know

  • Two open spaces in Whangaparāoa Peninsula’s Stanmore Bay are being transformed
  • A 60-home subdivision will be built at 20 Link Crescent
  • Earthworks to start in October 2016 and house construction in mid 2017
  • Environmental impact will be mitigated through work on D’Oyly reserve
  • Intensive development may have ‘strong role’ in region’s future

Whangaparāoa Peninsula residents and people wanting to buy a slice of the area’s coastal lifestyle are set to benefit from the transformation of two open spaces in Stanmore Bay.

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20 Link Crescent

This site consists of 2ha of largely underused open space and is earmarked for a 60-home subdivision with a 2700m2 public reserve incorporating a children’s playground.  

After carrying out early planning and due diligence work on the council-owned land, Panuku Development Auckland took the site to market late last year, eventually appointing McConnell Property as its development partner for the site.

McConnell Property has since developed a master plan which focuses on quality design and takes into consideration previous community concerns. The resulting subdivision is to be known as Mariner Rise and will consist of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes with a mix of terrace and standalone housing.

In recognition of the unavoidable stream and wetland loss as a result of developing 20 Link Crescent, development funds are to be used to enhance a second site in the area, D’Oyly Reserve.

D’Oyly reserve

The D’Oyly reserve works include the day-lighting of 250m of an underground, piped stream to help restore a natural habitat in the reserve as part of a collaboration between Panuku and the Stormwater team at Auckland Council, with input from mana whenua.

Making the most of land

Allan Young, Director of Development at Panuku Development Auckland, says both projects highlight the value of using Auckland Council landholdings to obtain positive outcomes for local communities and contribute to housing supply.

“To cater for the record levels of growth across Auckland at present, it’s important we first make the most of land we’ve got direct access to and manage on behalf of the council. As outlined in the Auckland Plan, there’s every reason to suggest intensive development, done right, has a strong role to play in the region’s future.”

“Link Crescent is a great example of this and with resource consent now granted for that site and the related D’Oyly reserve works, we look forward to working with McConnell Property and the Stormwater team to ensure agreed outcomes in the form of design quality and delivery are met on both projects."

With resource consent now granted, McConnell Property expects to start earthworks on site in Link Crescent in October 2016 with construction of houses to commence in mid 2017.