'What Helensville needs': 150-lot development to bring hundreds of new residents to Auckland town
A rural Auckland town's population could soar by 20 per cent due to a new housing development.
It has sparked concern from a principal who said the area lacked the infrastructure for such growth.
The first stage of 63 sections are already for sale at the 48-hectare Parkview subdivision in Helensville.
About 1.5 kilometres from the development, Helensville Primary School was recently operating at 135 per cent capacity.
Principal Deborah Heasman said it had little room for new entrants but was managing its roll of 540 pupils.
But the Parkview development could make it an "unmanageable" situation, she said.
Earlier this year ratepayers forked out nearly $1 million to reseal 1.5km of Rautawhiri Rd, which led to Parkview – but Heasman said Helensville lacked the infrastructure for residential development.
The new development at 155 Rautawhiri Rd would house 150 sections with likely three to four bedroom homes – which could bring 500 new residents to the north-west town.
According to 2013 census data Helensville's population was 2643 with one-family households making up 70 per cent of properties.
Developer Urumaraki Residential's project manager Oliver Scott said Helensville needed a bit of growth.
"There's a strong demand for well-priced sections and, house and land packages in the area. [Parkview] is exactly what Helensville needs."
He said Helensville had under-utilised infrastructure and nearby Kaipara College had capacity for more pupils.
Kaipara College board chairwoman Genelle Bailey said she was excited for the population growth as Helensville was stymied by being too small.
The school's roll could potentially grow to 1350 students, she said.
"We are looking forward to welcoming new families to the area and appreciate the opportunities it creates, particularly for young families to get in to their first homes."
Couples with children make up 40 per cent of Helensville families.
Scott said Parkview wouldn't have major effects on arterial traffic and the Helensville township would become more viable.
Resource consents granted in the past three years classified Parkview as a Special Housing Area. But they have since been disestablished and fresh consents under the Resource Management Act were going through the council process, Scott said.
Much of Parkview was zoned as residential single house under the unitary plan.
Streets and amenities would be completed by November and construction of stage two (87 lots) would start in summer and go on sale mid-2018.