One massive problem with Labour’s lottery housing policy that they haven’t foreseen is the NIMBY effect. Labour have been using Habitat for Humanity as an example of affordable housing…probably without permission from Habitat. But the bottom line is people simply do not want their properties devalued with impecunious neighbours:
A group of Hairini neighbours fear their property values will drop if a Habitat For Humanity home is built on their street.
They say they would lose privacy and a convenient place for the local children to play if an “affordable house” is built on the vacant lot between their properties.
The Awaiti Place residents have petitioned Tauranga City Council, asking it not to sell the property, which the council was planning to do because the land is surplus to its requirements.
Earlier this year, councillors declined a proposal from the residents that the 474sq m lot be turned into a neighbourhood reserve.
In a letter to the council, Andre and Catherine Hudson said that, when they bought their house behind the empty lot seven years ago, the green space in front was one of the main attractions.
“This area gives natural beauty, a place for children of the neighbourhood to play while also giving each of us privacy.
“Plans to put a house on this land will completely destroy this lovely setting and abolish all privacy with a full viewing into our main living areas from the new house.”
The Hudsons also said they were “extremely concerned over plans to place a family with financial difficulties” directly in front of their house, as they had heard from a homeowner living next to Habitat for Humanity homes that neighbouring property values had plummeted because of frequent loud parties, burnouts on the street and wandering children.
Other neighbours were also concerned the new “affordable” home would devalue their properties.