Residents speak up about growth of intensive housing in their area

Greater Hornby Residents Association chairman Marc Duff and member Ross Houliston on Amyes Rd...
Greater Hornby Residents Association chairman Marc Duff and member Ross Houliston on Amyes Rd where seven two-storey units are being built. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Greater Hornby Residents Association members voiced their concerns about increasing housing density at a city council briefing on the subject in Riccarton last week.

Hornby currently has an average 13.4 households per hectare, but association chairman Marc Duff said this could be set to increase under incoming changes.

Christchurch City Council has until August 2022 to bring its planning regulations in line with the Government’s urban development plans.

Examples of intensification could already be seen in Hornby, such as in Amyes Rd, where a house had been replaced by seven two-storey units.

Residents were worried about the changes, Duff said.

“We’ve been getting concerns every day.”

Intensification should take place in the central city, where people would live near their work, he said.

It would not suit suburban areas such as Hornby.

More people would mean more traffic, and the roads and infrastructure in Hornby were in no condition to support this, he said.

Under the coming changes, buildings could be at least six storeys high if they were near transport links.

Seven two-storey units are being built at Amyes Rd. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Seven two-storey units are being built at Amyes Rd. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Transport was undefined, and bus stops might fall within this category, which would mean “real change” for Hornby, he said.

The association was writing to the city council, which they wanted to address their concerns in writing.

“We’re forming that letter now.”

However, there may not be a lot the city council could do, he said.

“Their hands are tied, they’re being pushed by the central government.”

“It’s now up to the residents' association and residents to lobby their MPs.”

The association wanted to hold a meeting with MPs to talk about their concerns, although this was still to be planned, he said.

City council head of planning and strategic transport David Griffiths said Government policy impacted on what could be done at a local and regional level.

“We know residential intensification is a concern for Christchurch residents.”

“This roadshow is the start of what will be an ongoing conversation between the council and residents about how and where our city grows.”

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