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82 Government-built houses in place of 13

A quiet cul-de-sac in the West Auckland suburb of New Lynn is about to get more than 80 new houses.

And construction of the Housing New Zealand (HNZ) homes on Thom St could start as early as September.

HNZ's Patrick Dougherty confirmed the design of the 82 new houses planned to be built there.

The general manager of asset development said 48 units would be located in three apartment buildings of three levels each. Housing New Zealand would build 36 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom homes.

The remaining 34 properties would be two-storey houses. These would include seven standalone units – five with five bedrooms and two with three bedrooms.

Another 27 townhouses would include three three-bedroom homes and 24 homes with two bedrooms.

"It's likely that construction will commence this earthworks season, that is, between September this year and April 2018."

Dougherty said 13 HNZ properties located on a 11,046 square metre site on Thom St were demolished in February this year to make way for the new houses.

SHAs were introduced in 2013 to fast-track housing development as an interim measure while the Auckland Unitary Plan was being developed.

Thom St was disestablished as a SHA in September 2016.

hree months later, on December 14, HNZ invited construction companies for a Registration of Interest (ROI) for the Thom St project.

This closed on January 27 this year.

HNZ confirmed 13 state houses on the cul-de-sac were demolished in February 2017 and the tender was awarded about a month later on March 9, 2017.

Documents showed additional housing was not the only headway planned for the street.

Under the New Lynn Urban Plan 2010 - 2030 Thom St, which is a cul-de-sac, will be connected with Margan Ave to form an intersection with Memorial Dr Extension.

The 20-year plan had earmarked the suburb for intensive development.

About 20,000 new residents and 4000 new homes were expected to be built in the suburb by 2030 according to the 20-year urban plan.

In May this year, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams' office confirmed New Lynn would get with 342 new houses as part of the Affordable Housing Programme (AHP).

Housing NZ said 37 of these homes would be spread over three locations – the corner of Great North Rd and Titirangi Rd, Hill Cres and Rata St.

Dougherty said tenants had already moved in to six brand new AHP homes in New Lynn.

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