Tiny house development among seven Special Housing Areas approved in Nelson

The Green Grocer's heritage building will be converted to a cafe as part of a Special Housing Area proposal to turn the ...

The Green Grocer's heritage building will be converted to a cafe as part of a Special Housing Area proposal to turn the rest of the section into apartments.

Seven new Special Housing Areas have been approved in Nelson, including a tiny house project and three-storey apartments next to a suburban heritage building.

The tiny house initiative, called "Brookside Village", is planned for 26 Blick Terrace in the Brook Valley.

The site developer, Ian McComb of Small Time Developments Ltd, is a former Tasman District Council infrastructure planner. 

The Nelson City Council on Thursday heard the SHA would include a maximum of 20 warm and affordable houses. The homes would be a maximum of 100m2, with a three-storey maximum to a height no more than 14.5 metres. 

The existing historic building "The Blick" would be used as a community house. 

Nelson city councillors approved the SHA at a meeting on Thursday, with Cr Kate Fulton saying the tiny house project was "the kind that really excites me".

"Such a great proposal and it's different to a lot of the other ones we had, and quite an exciting thing to come to the table today.

"It's a good thing to get behind and to allow actually some affordable housing to come to Nelson."

However, Cr Tim Skinner said he didn't support the proposal because he was concerned it would have "an adverse affect on the [Brook] community" and there wasn't any consultation prior to it going to the council.

Mayor Rachel Reese said "we're starting to see a real variety of housing in the area".

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"I've got a quite strong view on the kind of development I want to see in the city and I think this would be a good [one] for the city."

The council also approved an SHA next to the former Organic Green Grocer heritage building in The Wood.

The site at 40 Tasman St would be developed by Redhomes 2017 Ltd into five, three-storey residential apartments. The heritage building that housed the organic store on the site would be restored as a cafe. 

Developers said the residential buildings would fit in with the style of the heritage building. They were proposed to be 10 metres in height instead of council's current maximum height of 7.5 metres. 

Three storey apartments were proposed instead of two storeys, to make the SHA economically viable, developers said.

The proposed SHA would be reviewed by the council's urban design panel, with specific attention to daylight impact on adjacent buildings.

Cr Gaile Noonan said the plans looked "really interesting" but she wondered how the buildings would affect the amount of daylight neighbours would receive.

Cr Matt Lawrey asked if the apartments needed to be three storeys "given the height of the buildings in the area".

He questioned whether the developers had adequately looked into the shading effects of the proposed higher rise buildings.

Planning consultant Mark Lile said the developers would examine the impact of the proposed buildings during the consent process.

Skinner said he was concerned at the lack of consultation with neighbours, with discussions held only two days prior to the council meeting.

The other five SHAs approved on Thursday were Tasman Heights, Quail Rise in Marsden Valley, 381 Nayland Rd, 1A Hill Street North and 3B and 3C Hill Street North. There were also additions approved to two existing SHAs, Bayview Subdivisions and Wastney Tce, in Atawhai.

SHAs are a Government initiative to fast track housing developments. Details of the projects are subject to a later resource consent process. 

 - Stuff


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