Sweet news for Chelsea park

A 37-hectare public park has been given the green light at Chelsea Refinery in Birkenhead. Chelsea Sugar has agreed to sell the land around its iconic pink painted refinery buildings for $20 million, more than two years after proposing the deal. Only a final seal of approval from the Environment Court is needed for the […]

Plan Change 16: A Timeline Of Events

Background – It was the vision of the Chelsea Regional Park Association to protect the Uruamo Headland from Kauri Point to Chelsea as one great urban park for the people of Auckland. An agreement for the sale of buffer land surrounding the sugar works fell short of protecting the refinery site. Dec 2005 – NZ […]

Proposed Plan Change 16: BRA Not Satisfied By Chelsea Decision

Decisions by North Shore City on Private Plan Change 16 to the District Plan in regards to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery land at Birkenhead have been made public. Proposed Plan Change and overall determination. This decision report specifies the Hearing Commissioners’ decision on submissions (including further submissions) to the Proposed (Private) Plan Change 16 – […]

Commissioners deliver Chelsea land use ruling

DEVELOPMENT VIEW: Despite the independent commissioner’s decision to allow housing on the site, there is still no plan to close the sugar works. Housing should be allowed at the 120-year-old Chelsea sugar refinery in Birkenhead if the company ceases operation on the site, says a report from independent commissioners. Allowing significantly higher buildings – up […]

Residents fight high-density housing

SAY NO: Rob McCauley and fellow residents don’t want high intensity development on their street. Plans to build high-density housing on a narrow Birkenhead street have residents up in arms. The Catrina Avenue development is another in a series of controversial apartment and housing developments proposed for Birkenhead. Developer Aptus Projects wants to build 20 […]

Apartment plans draw huge number of submissions

A proposed apartment block has attracted more than twice as many submissions as North Shore City Council’s annual plan. There were 469 on time and 30 late resource consent submissions about developer Aptus Projects’ plans to build an apartment block in a Birkenhead heritage zone. Only 203 people made submissions to this year’s council annual […]

Protected pohutukawa cut down

A protected pohutukawa has been cut down to make room for a controversial, as yet unconsented, Birkenhead development. Non-notified consent to remove the early mature pohutukawa on Maritime Dr was granted to developer Richard Beca in August. He cleared it on September 11 to make room for a driveway into high density apartments he wants […]

Birkenhead library gets green light

The Environment Court has given the go-ahead for a new Birkenhead library on Nell Fisher Reserve but it is not expected to open until late 2009. Abraham Holdings, which owns the Rawene Chambers building, opposite the reserve, lodged the Environment Court appeal. The appeal challenged an independent commissioners’ decision to approve the rezoning of reserve […]

Plan Change 16: Submission on behalf of Birkenhead Residents Association

Submission by Bruce Stainton BEFORE THE NORTH SHORE CITY COUNCIL AT ALBANY UNDER The Resource Management Act 1991 IN THE MATTER OF Proposed plan change no 16 to the North Shore City District Plan Submission on behalf of Birkenhead Residents Association (BRA) [ Available as a PDF file ] 1.0 Introduction 1.0 My name is […]

Proposed Plan Change 16: Chelsea Sugar Refinery Estate

This private plan change by NZ Sugar Company Ltd lays the foundation for the destruction of the unique historic character of the Chelsea Sugar Works and associated grounds, in a bid to erect 528 apartment units in a network of 3 to 8 level buildings. The potential adverse effects of such a development include:- Ecological […]