Flat Bush masterplan designs out for public opinion

Manukau City Council's draft designs for what the suburb of Flat Bush will look like after redevelopment are out for public submissions.Only 10,000 people live there now, but that number is expected to quadruple. The council expects that 30,000 more people will call Flat Bush home in the next nine years.In total the development is 1700ha in size, and is boasted by the council as being “the country's largest and most comprehensively planned new town”.

Manukau City Council’s draft designs for what the suburb of Flat Bush will look like after redevelopment are out for public submissions.

Only 10,000 people live there now, but that number is expected to quadruple. The council expects that 30,000 more people will call Flat Bush home in the next nine years.

In total the development is 1700ha in size, and is boasted by the council as being
“the country’s largest and most comprehensively planned new town”.

Stage two of Flat Bush involves redeveloping 350ha of land around Barry Curtis Park, and the land east of Murphy’s Road and south of Flat Bush School Road.

The draft masterplan details property blocks would be rectangular, which the council said would allow for more flexibility in the types of housing that can be built.

“This would mean that over a long period of time properties could be easily re-developed, if necessary, from detached to terraced housing or apartments while maintaining high quality living environments,” the council said.

An 18 metre minimum distance between houses would create a sense of space with sections 30m deep with large 9m backyards big enough for children and pets to run around in.

The residences at Flat Bush are envisioned as having “quality living environments”, mostly being traditional standalone houses with 4m of garden in front.

More parks would be created around Murphy’s Bush and more playing fields.

Flat Bush would take on a grid-like format with straight streets, a concept that the council supports because it gives people better views of a whole street.

“For example people would be able to see a park at the end of the street, rather than just houses. They also make it easier to get around,” the council said.

Stage two will include a main street shopping centre, in a neighbourhood centre designed around Flat Bush School Rd.

“This would include a main street shopping centre, a mix of housing types and a primary school within walking distance of each other,” council said.

Submission forms for on the masterplan are online.

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