Eden Park development on cards

LAURA WALTERS
Last updated 14:29 11/06/2014

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Developments at Eden Park, including a hotel, more parking and restaurants, are still on the cards despite being rejected by council last year.
 
More than 9000 submissions to council on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan have been released today, including 124 from Eden Park Trust.
 
The trust's submissions included requests for amendments to the recreational facilities section of the plan to allow a range of activities and enable "flexible and diverse income opportunities".
 
The board submitted that visitor accommodation, basement parking, restaurants and cafes, retail and residential dwellings be permitted.
 
Eden Park Trust expressed its interest in developing the number two cricket ground, properties on the corner of Walters Rd and Sandringham Rd, and the air space above the bus hub in a submission on the draft version of the plan last year.

That first submission was rejected by councillors but the sports ground has asked for the same thing in the latest round of considerations that closed at the end of February and were released to the public today.

Auckland Council is currently working to finalise Auckland's Stadium Strategy.

It proposes that Eden Park be used only for major rugby, league and football games, while cricket should be moved to Western Springs.

Smaller rugby, league and football games would be at North Harbour Stadium.

Eden Park Trust chief executive David Kennedy said if cricket matches were moved away from Eden Park it hoped to redevelop the number two cricket ground.

Development could happen over the next 10 to 15 years if approved.

"These opportunities are sought to enhance the attractiveness of Eden Park for regional, national and international events and would assist in providing future financial sustainability for Eden Park and grow GDP for the region as well."

Kennedy said the park hosted 24 fixtures in 2013 with more than 400,000 spectators.

The park's economic contribution to Auckland and New Zealand in 2014 was estimated to be $78.1 million of GDP in Auckland and $90.4m of GDP in New Zealand, he said.
 
The park also asked for grandstands, viewing platforms, terraces, stages and performance area structures to be allowed.
 
Eden park submitted that 50 night-time events, requiring the use of lights, be allowed each calendar year.
 
It also submitted that 50 regular events be allowed to take place between 9am and 10.30pm each year, along with 10 special events that ran until 11.30pm and two extended events that could continue until midnight.
 
Kennedy said current consents the park was operating under, which covered things such as night-time events, noise and traffic control, were not always clear or relevant to present day use of the grounds.
 
The 9000 submissions on the unitary plan contained more than 100,000 individual requests for changes.
 
People with an interest "greater than the general public" or who represented a matter of public interest have 30 working days from today to make a further submission.
 
Councillor Alf Filipaina said input from public and Auckland local boards was key to securing a successful outcome for the city's future.
 
Other topics covered in the submissions included air quality, water, genetically modified organisms, airport noise, historic heritage, outstanding natural features and zoning among other themes.
 
Geoscience Society of New Zealand made 176 submissions, in which they asked for numerous landmarks including volcanic cones to be added to the list of outstanding natural features.
 
The Housing Corporation of New Zealand made 10,309 submissions, mainly on either retaining existing zoning or rezoning specific areas in the region.
 
Individual members of the public also made submissions on the plan on a range of topics from what should constitute a countryside living zone to suggestions on improving walking and cycle access.
 
One woman from Titirangi said WiFi should be not be permitted in libraries and schools.

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