Wesley College SHA Advanced But No Mention of Paerata Station? #AKLPols

Ummmm someone forgot about the needed station?

It seems the Resource Consent for the Wesley College Special Housing Area (the largest of all SHAs at 4,500 homes) is to be lodged next year with earthworks to start in the 16-17 season all going well.

But I wonder what happened to the Paerata Rail Station that is also proposed with this SHA as well?

From the Herald:

Historic Wesley College makes way for new town

The Wesley College site will be transformed into a 'liveable town'. Photo / Chris Johnston
The Wesley College site will be transformed into a ‘liveable town’. Photo / Chris Johnston Source: NZ Herald

The rezoning of rural land in South Auckland promises to create a small town hosting thousands of new homes intertwined with green spaces, cycle paths and walkways.

Wesley College, which sits on a 30ha site at Paerata, near Pukekohe, is surrounded by a 211ha dairy farm that, alongside a neighbouring 65.9ha section of farmland, will be transformed into 4500 sections.

Most of the college buildings, barring the historic chapel and a handful of newer buildings, will be demolished and relocated elsewhere. The sale of the sections will help secure the school’s future and fund the rest of the development.

………Once built, the town would offer terraced homes, apartments, stand-alone houses, a primary school, high school, retail developments, green spaces, natural reserves and a retirement village – all interlinked with cycle, walking trails and public transport.

Auckland Council has given the project its stamp of approval, allowing the school’s owners, Grafton Downs – a joint venture owned by Wesley College Trust Board and the Methodist Church’s PACT 2086 Trust – to rezone its land from Future Urban to Local Centre and Mixed Housing Urban zones.

Council project director of housing Ree Anderson said the development would be the size of a small town.

“The next steps would include supporting Grafton Downs in developing infrastructure to match the needs of a growing town centre.”

Real Estate Institute chief executive Colleen Milne said the development presented a great opportunity for buyers.

“The rezoning will open up the Pukekohe area for new infrastructure and should provide new opportunities for those looking to live close to Auckland city.”

Pukekohe Business Association manager Kendyl Gibson said the added growth would help increase business capacity and enable residents to work locally. Plans for a high school were particularly welcome.

……….Before any land is dug up the finer details need to be finalised, then an application for development consent could be lodged next year.

The college
Wesley College, Paerata, is a state-integrated school with a “special obligation to students of Maori and Pacific Island descent and students whose personal circumstances require special care”.

The development plans
• 4500 sections
• 15km of dedicated off-road cycle paths and walkways
• 5ha of neighbourhood reserves
• Two new schools
• A retail precinct
• Retirement village.

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Full article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11513575

Okay so we have the sections, cycle paths, reserves, schools, a Local Centre and even a retirement village but umm where is the rail station that was also planned with the development?

That new village will house potentially 10,000 people and we expect them all to cram on the two-lane State Highway 22 towards the four lane State Highway One heading north? Come on Auckland Council where is the rail station so at least some of those 10,000 new residents have a congestion free option of travelling north to their work…

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