新西兰ZT: Auckland housing project faces delay (Long Bay)
Future stages of Auckland's biggest new housing estate could be delayed because of a planning regulation clash between the Long Bay Structure Plan and Auckland Council's proposed Unitary Plan.
Evan Davies, chief executive of the land development business Todd Property Group, said he was appalled at the prospect of further holdups at the 160ha Long Bay site on the North Shore which has taken more than a decade between initial plans and the first house rising.
"We're continuing to experience significant time frames in our consenting processes. Will the Special Housing Areas make a difference to us overall? Not at this point," he said of the deal between the Government and Auckland Council to try to get thousands of new houses built.
"It's months to get consent for infrastructure, earthworks, civil works, subdivisions. Disturbingly, we're now finding that the proposed Unitary Plan prospectively attempts to make us go back and redo some of that," he said, referring to revision of the original founding planning document, the Long Bay Structure Plan.