What’s planned for Northcote?

What’s planned for Northcote? - Northcote

What’s proposed for Northcote focuses on four areas of action that we believe will combine to achieve what residents want for tomorrow’s Northcote.

We call these the key moves, where people will eventually enjoy:

  1. a town centre with a vibrant heart
  2. Lake Road as a neighbourhood boulevard
  3. a greenway linking public open space
  4. more homes, and a better mix of housing options.
At Panuku, we’re taking the lead on renewing the town centre so that it truly becomes the heart of the neighbourhood. We’re currently masterplanning what this will look like and will soon be speaking with potential development partners interested in working with us to develop the town centre.

1.The town centre – creating a vibrant heart

Northcote town centre will be redefined. We’ll bring retail development forward onto Lake Road, and create a gateway with a new, multi-purpose community building.

To make this happen, the community facilities on Cadness Reserve at the back of the town centre could move to a potential new multi-purpose building (subject to feasibility and ongoing community consultation). We could then sell part of the reserve land they vacate to enable new residential development. The town centre will feature higher-density housing.

A new, larger supermarket comprising mixed-use development of shops, housing and undercroft parking.

We’ll improve the public spaces by:

  • upgrading the Greenslade Reserve community sports field (as part of a stormwater project to reduce flooding) - works are due to start January 2020
  • creating a new town squareclose to the multi-purpose community building. It will be a dedicated and safe space for events, activities and celebration
  • upgrading Cadness Reserve to include a children’s play park
  • investing more in public spaces.

2.Lake Road – a neighbourhood boulevard

The remodelling of Lake Road provides a better connection from the town centre to the Northcote community and the wider North Shore.

Narrowing of the roadway (while not reducing the number of lanes), has allowed for wider footpaths and a cycleway, and trees have been planted along Lake Road, making it more pleasant and safe for people walking and for new development fronting onto it.

A section of Lake Road adjacent to the Town Centre will be developed to create a welcoming entrance to the shops and town square.

3.A greenway – a network of public open space

Weaving along the path of the old Awataha Stream, the greenway will connect the reserves around Northcote town centre. It will also provide links between the town centre, schools and public transport.

The greenway will guide people to peaceful, healthy places where they can walk, cycle or play, meet others and chat, learn, relax on a park bench, or stroll to local destinations.

Check out more detail about the spaces along the greenway below:

A greenway for Northcote

What is a greenway

4.Housing – increasing density, choice and tenure mix

New homes will offer people more choice in types of housing, tenure and price. Redeveloping Northcote’s town centre and surrounding residential area also means higher-density housing.

HLC (a subsidiary of Housing New Zealand) proposes 1500 new homes near Northcote town centre, including approximately 800 market-led houses aimed to be affordable. In addition, Panuku will facilitate the building of several hundred homes in the town centre. This housing activity, led by Panuku, is likely to drive additional market-led housing on private land.