Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New roads identified to run through parkland

1 May 2006

New roads identified to run through parkland

Birkenhead's reputation as one of Auckland's 'greenest' suburbs is about to be shattered with the potential development of three new roads.

The new roads were identified as part of the planning proposal submitted by Chelsea Sugar Refinery in its application to build 528 one/two and three-bedroom units on its existing site.

Residents at a preliminary planning response meeting held at Birkenhead Primary School on the weekend (April 30) heard that traffic projections of at least 1100 cars coming in and out of the proposed new subdivision could be filtered through the construction of three new roads.

The new roads would see:

* Onetaunga Road extended into the planned development from the east. This would increase congestion for David Beattie Place, Brigato Place, Balmain Road, Chelsea View Drive and all roads accessing onto Chelsea View Drive

* Huka Road extended into the planned development from the north.

* Blundell Place extended into the planned development from Chatswood.
Traffic volumes on Colonial Road, which already serves the refinery, would also increase - ultimately adding to increased congestion on Onewa Road.

Almost 120 Birkenhead and Chatswood residents attended the meeting, with many saying they were previously unaware of Chelsea Sugar Refinery's plans to extended current 'dead-end' roads into the proposed new subdivision.

"However, when you look at the sheer numbers calculated for living in this new Chelsea subdivision, it makes sense that the cars have to enter and exit from somewhere other than Colonial Road," an anxious Blundell Place resident told the meeting.

"That would destroy the character of our peaceful cul-de-sac and see anything up to 1100 cars using Chatswood as a short-cut onto Mokoia Road. The effect this would have on all cars using Mokoia Road would be catastrophic."
Similar sentiments were expressed by Onetaunga Road and Huka Road residents. Both roads are currently 'dead end' streets terminating on land owned by Chelsea Sugar Refinery and could be easily bulldozed to make way for new access routes.

Other objections to the proposed 528 unit development included the destruction of wildlife habitat in the Chelsea park area - home to moreporks, native terns and ducks, the creation of mid-rise tower blocks which would have a detrimental effect on heritage aspects of the historic refinery, and the loss of coastal access for all visitors to the current green space.

A second meeting to outline the effects of the proposed 528-unit development at Chelsea Sugar Refinery takes place at the Northcote Point RSA, Rodney Road, at 6pm on Tuesday May 2.

Submissions on Chelsea Sugar Refinery's planning application can be made to North Shore City Council - and close on Friday May 5.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election