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More homes coming for Hutt, but it may not address the real need

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Lead Story, News


INFILL housing is on its way for Lower Hutt, but real estate agent John Ross does not think people want it.

Mr Ross says intensification will be a costly experience for the developer, and it will be hard to make money because it is not appealing to people.

“It’s not what people prefer, it’s what people put up with,” says Mr Ross, who works for The Professionals.

Hutt City Council this week begins public meetings on its Infill housing proposal, which focuses on the growth and rejuvenation of Epuni, Waterloo, and the CBD edge.

Targets have been set to have 11,700 people in 6000 new homes by 2032, according to council documents.

The document which outlined the areas for intensification and housing options were discussed at the Policy and Regulatory Committee on November 4 where consultation for the plan was approved.

A range of options are available and these stem from standalone houses, semi-detached houses, town houses, and two or three storey apartments.

A proposal has been made that three storey buildings be restricted to larger sites, so they don’t obstruct views of surrounding houses.

Eastern Ward Councillor Lisa Bridson says she thinks it’s something worth looking at.

“The feedback so far has been mixed with some options more appealing than others, but it’s still very early in the discussion,”

A discussion document was approved by the council on November 4 and has been released for public consultation around the proposal of intensification of houses in the Lower Hutt CBD, Waterloo, and Epuni areas.

There are a range of options being put forward by council officers to promote and encourage intensification.

Public discussion will be held around the idea of intensification in the Hutt Valley areas.

This includes leaflet drops, a discussion document, notices in the Hutt News and council website, a dedicated webpage on the council’s website, presentations to the Eastern and Central Community Committees.

Forum days will be held at the Plunket Rooms in Lower Hutt on Thursday 4 December and Saturday 6 December.

Locals can view the documents at the open forum meetings and also on the council’s website.

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