A dispute between Auckland Transport (AT) and the Ministry of Education that went all the way to the Environment Court has been resolved through mediation, paving the way for the building of a new Primary school in Ōrewa.
The school, Ōrewa North West Primary, is being built in Crozier Place, in a new subdivision.
Auckland Council also joined the appeal in support of AT.
AT and Council wanted to ensure that infrastructure would provide safe access, as well as enough parking, cycling and walking facilities.
The parties came to an agreement to resolve the issues last December and the Environment Court issued a Consent Order detailing the terms. They include more thorough and detailed requirements to manage things such as pick up and drop off spaces and school travel plans.
The Ministry’s head of education infrastructure, Kim Shannon, says that road and footpath upgrades and new pedestrian crossings around the site will be funded by the Government.
“We are currently in discussions with the developer, Ōrewa Developments, over these works,” Ms Shannon says.
Meanwhile, earthworks and the building of retaining structures began at the site on March 15.
The school will cost just over $25 million to build. It will initially cater for up to 420 students, and eventually up to 700. Included in the agreement between AT and the Ministry is that any increase in the school roll must be supported by measures to increase the proportion of students using transport such as walking, cycling, scooters and buses. This is so that the impact on the road network, during pick up and drop off times, remains at a maximum of 198 vehicles – the most that it’s estimated the network can safely support.
In a press release, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says that both this school and Milldale Primary are expected to be open at the start of 2023.
Building Milldale Primary is budgeted to cost $20 million. It will initially cater for up to 370 students.
“The Ōrewa Whangaparāoa catchment is a high growth area, with more than 1800 extra students expected by 2030,” Minister Hipkins says. “Other schools in the area are close to capacity so we’re making sure we have schooling options for families moving into new residential developments.”
Establishment boards will soon be appointed for both schools. They will consult the community on the schools’ vision and values.
Back stories, November 18, 2020