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TRC welcomes Special Housing Area announcement

Media Release
17 December 2013

TRC welcomes Special Housing Area announcement

Tāmaki Redevelopment Company (TRC) welcomes the announcement by its shareholders, the Government and Council, that its application to be a Special Housing Area (SHA) has been approved.

The TRC is responsible for delivering a first-of-its-kind regeneration programme across Tāmaki, which includes the suburbs of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure. Regeneration is an integrated approach of social, physical, economic, and housing initiatives.

The SHA covers the northern part of Tāmaki including Glen Innes and north of Point England Road (map attached). As highlighted in the TRC’s Strategic Framework, the wider Tāmaki area will cater for approximately 6,000 additional homes over 20-25 years and this SHA will enable a significant proportion of the new homes to be achieved providing capacity for approximately 2,000 – 2,500 new homes over 5-10 years.

“The TRC was created to work closely with the community on actions that improve the quality of life we all enjoy, from creating jobs to improving education,” CEO Debra Lawson said.

“Housing is also a key factor in achieving a real and lasting regeneration in the area. The Tāmaki SHA provides a vital tool in delivering TRC’s strategic framework, which had been consulted on back in June/July.”

“One of the main themes to come through from the formal community engagement was the need for less talk and more action. TRC agrees. This SHA helps TRC to provide the action that has been called for by our stakeholders”, she added.

The Tāmaki regeneration programme will be undertaken in partnership with key stakeholders in the area. For the housing component of the programme, redevelopment will be in partnership with Housing New Zealand where 57% of housing is owned by the State housing provider.

TRC notes that the SHA for the Tamaki area will make it possible for faster delivery and intends to have the first residential housing ready for habitation by the end of 2014. TRC is currently working on its first regeneration initiatives in the neighbourhood of Fenchurch, Glen Innes.

“Tamaki’s residents are immensely proud of their neighbourhoods. They are also realistic about the challenges they face. The opportunity now is to ensure new homes are delivered in a way that achieves strong and resilient communities,” Ms Lawson says.

TRC is currently scheduling a set of workshops for the Tamaki community in late January to learn more about the Tāmaki SHA, as well as the proposed regeneration initiatives. However, neighbourhood workshops with the residents of Fenchurch have taken place over recent weeks.

Further information can be found on www.tamakitrc.co.nz

TRC will advise the community of the SHA workshops in early January 2014.

ENDS

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