High-rise proposal for Hutt housing

Last updated 05:00 18/08/2014

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Four-storey apartment buildings and densely packed infill housing could appear in Lower Hutt if a plan to intensify inner-city suburbs gets council approval.

Epuni, Waterloo and the central business district fringes have been suggested as ripe for intensification to encourage urban growth, although the model could be widely applied throughout the city, according to a Hutt City Council report.

Apartment buildings 12 metres high could be built within 400m of Waterloo station, in Woburn 400m either side of Huia St, and west of Kings Cres from Brunswick St to Cornwall St in central Hutt.

Councillor Lisa Bridson said residents might balk at four-storey apartment blocks next to their properties, but stressed the developments would need to meet strict shading and privacy criteria.

If no new housing was built in Lower Hutt its population would fall, because household sizes were shrinking, Bridson said.

No other council in the Wellington region permitted buildings more than 10m tall in residential zones, the report said.

Subdivision down to lots of 200 square metres would be allowed in most of Epuni, Waterloo and much of central Hutt under the intensification plan. A single-house plot could measure 300sqm, while semi-detached housing could be built on 200sqm lots. Land zoned special residential or general recreation would be exempt.

Lower Hutt had a history of poor quality infill housing with a boggy, metre-wide strip of land surrounding houses, something the council did not wish to repeat, Bridson said. Consultation would precede any change.

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- The Dominion Post


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