More intensive plans for Stanmore Bay apartments

The proposed apartment blocks viewed from Brightside Road

The latest plans for the apartments to be built on 85-89 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay (behind New World Whangaparaoa) are for the most intensive use of the site yet, with 61 apartments now proposed.

The 4012sqm site was bought by Centurion Management Services (director Colin Craig) in early 2016. A company called Ozone Limited has been incorporated for this project.

The company originally proposed to build 56 apartments on the site in three blocks, the tallest of which was six storeys high. Concerns raised by Auckland Council’s Urban Design Panel sent those plans back for modifications.

The latest plan to go before Council for resource consent, prepared by GMG Architects, notes that more apartments were needed to make the project “financially feasible”. However, it also notes that the six-storey block was of concern to Auckland Council planners, “because of the surrounding low-rise residential environment”.

The two tallest blocks in the latest scheme are five-storeys high, while the remaining block is four storeys high instead of three – although the lift cores in the proposed design extend above the roofline.

This has been done to keep the buildings within the “occupiable” height limit in the site’s Mixed-Use Zone under the Auckland Unitary Plan. A total of 53 car parks will be provided (one more than in the earlier plan).

Council staff are reviewing the updated information and it may be a week or so before they can finalise their position and prepare a recommendation.

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