Largest village yet planned for Silverdale

This retirement village, proposed for Silverdale, would be the biggest on the Coast.

Plans were revealed recently for a retirement village in Silverdale that, if built, would be the biggest on the Hibiscus Coast with more than 700 residents.

The 8ha site is near the Silverdale park ‘n’ ride, on the southern side of Small Road. Currently the land is a mix of grass and native and exotic plants with several small streams.

A childcare centre catering for 100 children, which was granted resource consent a year ago, is also proposed for within the village.

The plans for the village, which is called The Botanic – Silverdale, were made public when its resource consent application was notified, on March 12.

They show 26 mainly four-storey blocks, containing a mix of 59 villas, around 394 apartments and 48 aged care beds (501 accommodation units in total), as well as an office complex, community spaces and facilities and the childcare centre. There are four commercial tenancies on the ground floor of the main building on Small Road.

The land is zoned General Business and all the proposed blocks are higher than the maximum height control of 16.5m. In addition, Council documents show that an integrated residential development is a non-complying activity in this zone.

The developer is called The Botanic GP, incorporated on April 21 of this year. Its directors are Kevin Clark of Riverhead and Wayne Wright of Whakamarama.

The Botanic executive Alan Edwards says the project is not yet a registered retirement village.

“We are in the process of seeking the appointment of a Statutory Supervisor (Anchorage) and thereafter we will be free to register the village with the Registrar of Retirement Villages,” he says.

Mr Edwards has more then 20 years experience in the operation of retirement villages and care homes. He says the team behind the development includes experienced property developers as well as capital investors.

Auckland Council notified the resource consent application for the proposed village, as it is required to notify any ‘integrated residential development’. The notification closed for submissions on April 8. Two submissions were received.

Council planners advise that the application is currently on hold, awaiting further information from the applicant, so no dates have been set for a hearing, which is the next step.

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