Apartment block approved for special housing

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Nelson is set for an influx of apartment-style living after councillors approved several projects through the Nelson Housing Accord on Thursday.

Councillors voted to approve five projects and struck down another three that it deemed unsuitable, before the June 30 deadline for the accord.

The projects that were given the green light included the five-storey Barcelona Lofts on Haven Rd, next to the old church that is being renovated; an apartment building at the other end of Haven Rd which will include 30 apartments; a three town house complex on Wakefield Quay; a new 285-villa Summerset retirement village behind Saxton Field and a 19-home sub-division in Dodds Valley, Atawhai.

Interestingly, two of those projects were deemed unsuitable by council staff, but approved by councillors. They included the Summerset proposal and the sub-division at Atawhai.

The projects that were not approved by councillors were a four storey apartment complex at the Car Company site on Tahunanui Drive, a five storey apartment building on Beach Rd in Tahunanui, where Aloha Lodge is, and a six-unit proposal on Domett St — all of these were deemed suitable by council staff.

The largest project approved was the proposed apartment building at 81-83 Haven Rd – between NZ Classic Motorcycles and Otto Backpackers – which would be five storeys high and include 30 apartments. Councillors like the proposal because it was close to the city fringe and they will be more affordable that some of the other proposals.

There was a large public gallery at the meeting on Thursday, many there to speak against the two Tahunanui proposals, saying there has been no consultation and the projects would not fit with the current community. Councillors, while voting down the proposal, said they would be keen to see development in Tahuna and they would like the developers to come back with a proposal through the normal process.

The new special housing areas will now head to central government to be formally approved. Ten other special housing areas in Nelson had already been given the green light.

More in next week’s Nelson Weekly.