How dare they build there! Auckland Council objects to building of affordable homes

Don’t you love it?

The Mayor and his left wing enablers constantly go on about “affordable homes” and when someone wants to actually build some, their council officers object.

A Buddhist trust wants to build a Tibetan temple on a South Auckland rural lifestyle block – with 28 affordable homes for followers.

But objectors say the project will break planning rules and is inappropriate for the location.

A senior Auckland Council planner has also warned the council that allowing the Alfriston subdivision could start a run of religious groups trying to provide affordable housing for their members on cheaper urban-fringe land. 

How dare they!

Of course this example shows up what is the driver behind “unaffordable” housing…it is the price of the land.

And to cap it off, as I predicted yesterday it will be NIMBYs driving opposition to “affordable housing”.

The Alfriston Residents Group is objecting to the trust’s application for resource consent, which will be heard by council commissioners next week.

John Willoughby, who has lived next to the proposed site for 30 years, said residents were not opposed on religious grounds.

“But 99 per cent of the application will not comply with planning rules.”

Residents of lifestyle blocks and farms were shocked because they had not expected housing development to be imposed in the countryside so soon.

The Takanini Structure Plan, which was supposed to guide development, had pegged the site as providing for lifestyle blocks until 2020 when a future urban zone was to kick in and allow more intensive housing.

Resident Yolande Dickinson-Smith said the structure plan should not be discarded by the council.

“It was fought for by the residents against development such as this – a wholly non-complying activity on [the] size of the temple, type of activity, subdivision of unit title housing …”

Three lifestyle properties near the site had recently sold for between $1.17 million and $1.65 million.


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