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 […]