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Panuku Media Release – Town square development to proceed with community support

Media release


  • Town square development to proceed with community support
    Public consultation and a representative survey have both shown support for a new
    town square and revitalisation on the central Takapuna car park at 40 Anzac Street.
    In an independent survey conducted by Colmar Brunton, 69% of people preferred one
    of the two development proposals. In the Auckland Council-run consultation, 55% of
    people who responded were in support.
    Earlier engagement with the community identified the two preferred sites for the town
    square. A site between Hurstmere and Lake roads came out as the preferred location
    for this new public space in both the consultation (46% of responses) and the
    independent survey (40%).
    Council’s Planning Committee and the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board were briefed
    on the results of the consultation at a workshop this morning.
    North Shore Ward Councillor and Planning Committee Chair Chris Darby says: “The
    the community has given us a clear steer that they want to see their village improved from a
    car park to a safe and well-designed public space for people to love, with places to eat,
    shop, live, work and spend time.

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  • “We can be confident in continuing with our plans to rejuvenate and open up public
    space in the core of Takapuna, off the back of the fantastic response of more than 5300
    submissions.”
    Panuku Development Auckland is leading the urban redevelopment of Takapuna.
    Panuku Director of Development Allan Young says that both the consultation and the
    survey were independently run to understand the desires of the community.
    “With the independent survey backing up the result of the consultation, and both results
    being in favour of improvements to this space, we look forward to making sure we
    achieve the high-quality outcome that Takapuna is clearly looking for.”
    40 Anzac Street is currently a 250-space car park located in the centre of Takapuna
    between Anzac Street and Lake Road, adjacent to Potters Park. The site has the
    potential to provide a mix of residential, commercial and public space with activated
    laneways linking it to Hurstmere Road. Panuku proposed that 40 Anzac Street is
    developed in to a vibrant hub that includes a new town square, shops, businesses and
    homes that will unify the heart of Takapuna.
    The consultation received 5385 responses and was conducted from 23 July to 10
    August 2018. Fifty-three per cent of respondents that disclosed their location were from
    the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area. An additional 28% were from the rest of the
    North Shore. The remainder of the responses were from the rest of Auckland (19%), or
    outside of Auckland/did not supply a location (4%).
    The Colmar Brunton survey includes 563 respondents, is representative by age, gender
    and location and has a margin of error of 4.4%.

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  • Design work on the town square will now continue to be shaped up in collaboration with
    the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. Panuku will seek expressions of interest from
    development partners to work with on delivering the vision for the project .
    Two hundred metres down the road at 14 Huron Street a new, multi-level car parking
    building will be constructed to replace the car parks at 40 Anzac Street. The modern
    building will be five storeys and will include 420 car parks as well as electric car and
    bike charging stations, bike storage, motorbike parking, accessibility parking and “end of
    trip” facilities including changing rooms. Construction will begin in October.
    Quick facts – representative survey:
    – 69% of people prefer one of the proposed options that would deliver a new town
    square over the status quo.
    – 40% prefer a town square located between Hurstmere and Lake roads. 29%
    prefer a town square adjacent to Potters Park.
    – 29% prefer no development.
    – The survey included 563 responses and is representative by age, gender and
    location.Quick facts – community consultation:
    – 55% of people support a town square at one of the two proposed locations.
    – 38% support a town square located between Hurstmere and Lake roads. 8%
    supported a town square adjacent to Potters Park and 8% supported both
    options.
    – 41% support no development.
    – The consultation received 5385 responses.
    – 53% of the respondents that disclosed their location were from the DevonportTakapuna Local Board area and an additional 28% were from the rest of the
    North Shore. 15% were from the remainder of Auckland. Only 206 respondents
    either live outside of Auckland or did not disclose their local board area.For more information contact Melanie Roberts, Senior Communications Advisor, on:
    022 370 1756 or email: melanie.roberts@panuku.co.nz.

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