Development continues apace in Onehunga2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
Manukau Road is dotted with housing projects, indicative of the changes in the area since the zone updates, with more intensive housing to cater for a growing population. The population of Onehunga is due to increase by 43% in the next 20 years – particularly in the older age bracket and school-aged population, and more housing in the area is vital.
Demolition has just begun on the corner of Trafalgar Street and Manukau Road, after the large site sold just over a year ago. The property includes eight residential buildings, and is zoned under the Auckland Council Unitary Plan as Residential – Terrace Housing and Apartment Buildings (THAB), which provides for the greatest density, height and scale of development of all the residential zones. Properties in this zone can be built up to 16m in height.
Just two doors down, there is another property for sale as a development opportunity, and across the road at number 837, a large development is part-finished, with a large section and historical bungalow still for sale next door, ripe for another housing project.
From October 2020 to March 2021, Auckland Council granted 133 consents within the Maungakiekie – Tāmaki Local Board Area. This includes 12 consents for a total of 218 apartments, and 119 consents for townhouses, flats and units, for a total of 354 Townhouse, flats or units, says Auckland Council’s senior spatial analyst, Andrew Price.
A few minutes’ walk away from Manukau Rd, at 56 Symonds St, the land is unrecognisable from its former villa, with the 21-townhouse complex, Oak Terrace, underway. On the corner of Pah Road and Mt Albert Road, four townhouses are being built which are on the market based on their plans, at nearly $1.8m each.
At 690 Mt Albert Road, Japan Homes are well underway with a housing development and number 676 sits empty and ready for building. Around the corner in Crown St, Royal Oak, developers are also taking advantage of the zoning, with a terraced housing project underway at number 11 on the corner of Oak Street, and number 10 across the road sold last year for a record price, with the likelihood of that also being developed in the future.
There are also new townhouse complexes in many streets across the area, vacant sites ready for work, including one in Grey St earmarked for terrace housing, and Oranga is also undergoing a huge transformation, via Kāinga Ora.
(The Crown Street development in Royal Oak)