Henderson is identified as one of 10 metropolitan centres in the Auckland Plan – areas that are important business and employment hubs, and areas where the most change and urban development will happen over the next 30 years or so.
Increasing housing capacity and creating more jobs are among the desired outcomes of the Auckland Plan. The conversion of the former Waitakere City Council building, Waitakere Central site and other town centre locations provides an excellent opportunity to contribute towards these Auckland Plan outcomes.
The Auckland Unitary Plan Operative in part has identified future capacity for more than 3000 additional homes and over 80,000 square metres of business floor space in Henderson metropolitan centre.
The Henderson-Massey Local Board’s aspirations for the Henderson metropolitan centre also align with the opportunity to develop increased housing and business space. The Henderson Implementation Plan outlines the Board’s vision for Henderson metropolitan centre enabling ‘Liveable Growth’ through a safe, attractive and vibrant mixed use environment, unique to Henderson and attractive to residents, visitors, businesses and investors. The Henderson-Massey Local Board Plan notes that the main priority for Henderson is getting more people living in the heart of the central business district.
The development of Wilsher Village, which sits within a designated Special Housing Area, provides an opportunity to showcase a purpose-built Housing for Older Persons development, and meet a social need for the area.