Thursday, July 16, 2009
Here is the link to the application: http://www.waitakere.govt.nz/CnlSer/pl/landuse/notified-submissions/LUC-2009-98LimeburnersBay.asp
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Included in the CDP plans is the triangle we propose to turn into a historic village. They are proposing to build twenty houses on this small piece of land. Earlier in the planning stages they were proposing to build fifty houses on the triangle.
It has been interesting to hear what the devlopers have to say in relation to their proposal and to hear some of the submitters have their say on this issue.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Later on in the meeting they discussed the triangular piece of council owned land that we propose to turn into a Historic Village. They made this resolution regarding the piece of land:
the land is declared surplus, that the presentation made by Jonathan Edmeades
in the Public Forum before the commencement of the Council meeting, be taken
into account and appropriate consultation with the community be undertaken.
We have also presented our proposal to the committee of the Hobsonville/West Harbour Residents and Ratepayers Association and the West Harbour Rotary Club. We have been very warmly received at each of these meetings and have enjoyed having the oppurtunity to present our idea to some of the local population.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
PROPOSAL FOR A HISTORIC PARK AT HOBSONVILLE
With the proposed re development of the former Hobsonville Airbase, it is apparently planned to create a substantial housing development with schools shops and other facilities. At the same time the Motorway will be constructed and this also creates other opportunities.
It seems the first activity in the area was fishing and the middens left by the Maori inhabitants bear witness to that. Europeans made forestry their first industry. That was followed by the pottery development which had a very wide and long impact locally. Interestingly it was built on the middens because the shell was burned to make lime for the potteries – hence Limeburners Bay.
Now is the opportunity to capture all of this as the new phase of development in this district occurs.
Why not form a Historic Reserve around three features? – The former Pottery site in Limeburners Bay, the Historic Church donated by R.O. Clark and Clark House.
The triangle of land between Clark Road and Scott Road, which ends at the Church, could be developed as an Historic Village incorporating a Village Green which could be the site of a 'Saturday Market'. Buildings for this village could include Ockleston House which may well need to be shifted and preserved with the building of the new Motorway Interchange. Some of the ' Workers Cottages' from Sinton Road and Clark Lane and other buildings in the area of historic importance could also join this cluster west of the existing church with it's significant historic cemetery.
The former Pottery Site needs to be preserved. At present some of the significant foundations are intact and these need to be preserved. A park setting would be ideal. The new subdivision will need passive recreation areas and this will meet two needs – historic and recreational.
We understand that the site now belongs to a Developer. The Council would need to consider diverting some of the locally generated Parks and Reserves dollars from the new subdivisions to purchase this special site or swop it for another suitable parcel of land.
Unitec Students could be invited to prepare a development plan in conjunction with the archaeologists, the West Auckland Historical Society, and surviving family members of the initial settlers.
Development could be progressive over the next few years after the style of Eden Gardens where retirees and any other interested individuals or groups give time to the project on a regular rostered basis.
The historic village could house a display of photos and memorabilia of the district but Clark House could, in due course, become a Pottery Museum and draw together all the threads of Waitakere History on this site and the New Lynn developments which flowed from it.
The Park could be run by three committees elected by an association that would be set up and could be called the Limeburners Bay Historical Society (LBHS). The reason for three separate committees would be to look after each part of the park - the three parts being: The Pottery Museum(Clark House), The Historic Village/Market Square and The Passive Recreation Reserve.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I outlined the proposal you can read in detail on this site.
The chairman was most enthusiastic along with Councillor Chan and John Carrodus.
I thought the ideas were well recieved and I was encouraged by these responses.