Works are underway on an Auckland Council-owned site in Hobsonville Point, paving the way for more than 400 homes.
The 20-hectare site, which was formerly part of the Hobsonville Airforce Base, was purchased by Waitakere City Council over a decade ago with the intention for it to become a Marine Industry Precinct.
After a lack of market interest, and a recent unsuccessful bid for it to be a Film Precinct, Auckland Council adopted a masterplan in November that will see it used primarily for housing.
The Airfields Masterplan, as it's known, has been developed by Panuku Development Auckland in conjunction with the government-owned Hobsonville Land Company. It will provide for a diverse residential community with a minimum of 10 per cent being affordable housing.
The plan also incorporates up to six hectares of mixed-use zone while retaining an existing New Zealand Airforce hangar, which will be refurbished over the next six months.
First stage underway
In preparation for the transformation of the Airfields site, building work has started on the $8 million roading contract that would see key infrastructure roads being built, along with the subdivision of the first superlots.
Panuku Development Auckland Director of Development, Allan Young, says it is fantastic that the first stage is now underway.
“While it may be grass now, this greenfield site with its great sea views will soon be home to the next wave of residents set to discover the wider benefits of the lifestyle at Hobsonville Point.
“The key infrastructure roads are a critical first part of connecting the site with the surrounding aream and along with other supporting infrastructure such as stormwater ponds, will lay the foundations for the next stages of the delivery of the Airfields Masterplan.”