Faux facade placates apartment opposition

HERITAGE DESIGN: A new design for apartments at 83 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead, has been approved. A faux heritage design has appeased concerns about the impact of a development on a Shore suburb known for its historic character. More than 400 residents opposed an apartment block and office units at 83 Hinemoa St when the first […]

Apartment block declined

A resounding “no” verdict has been delivered on apartment block plans for Birkenhead’s heritage zone. Independent commissioners turned down a controversial application for 18 apartments and four businesses at 83 Hinemoa St last week. They say the Aptus Projects development would have adverse effects which could not be “avoided, remedied or mitgated”. Its design fails […]

Heritage site apartments denounced

UNITED FRONT: Food critic Annabelle White, left, residents association member Warwick Jones, lawyer Bruce Stainton, and resident Carol Scott are among those opposing a proposed Birkenhead apartment block. People from TV cooks to North Shore’s mayor have joined forces to denounce apartment plans in a Birkenhead heritage area. A resource consent hearing on a proposed […]

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 […]