Long Bay offers options

162 HECTARES: Part of the new Long Bay development is now open to the public.
162 HECTARES: Part of the new Long Bay development is now open to the public.

The population of Long Bay will boom over the next 10 years as 2500 families move into the new Long Bay development.

Earthworks for the first of the development's 18 stages were recently completed and opened to the public.

The sections in stage one of the development have all been sold for an average of $450,000.

Todd Property is developing the site and managing director Evan Davies says there is a requirement for more houses in New Zealand and the Long Bay development is clearly providing more.

"We're playing our part in that way. We're not really in a circumstance to provide so-called affordable housing, but we will provide a diversity of housing types in a spectacular natural environment."

The development will include areas of low, medium and high density housing.

Mr Davies says there was an encouraging turnout over the first open weekend.

"The overall response has been extremely positive."

The project was originally challenged in the Environment Court and Mr Davies says because of the scrutiny the development was under it was "terrifically important we responsibly reflected those concerns".

Sustainability was a key focus for the development, which will feature garden streets with dense planting and every property will be within 400 metres of a park, he says.

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt and East Coast Bays MP Murray McCully spoke at the opening of the development and acknowledged the scale of the project and the importance of community and relationships.

The 162-hectare Long Bay development will eventually be made up of 2500 houses built around a town centre with a medium-sized supermarket, cafes and some small shops.

The first residents are expected to move in late next year.

North Shore Times