Warning: Views may go
Wednesday 4 August 2004
Auckland apartment hunters tempted by a planned Hobson St block are to be warned that their views might vanish and their balconies be hemmed in.
By The LandlordAuthorities are worried that north-facing sun-drenched balconies in a proposed block could soon be hard up against a new building.
The outrage of apartment owners who have fallen victim to developers blocking their views has resulted in Auckland City Council's urban design panel requesting that the developer of a new block advise prospective buyers that their views might be built out.
Developer 208 Hobson Street Trust has applied to build a nine-level apartment block at 208-210 Hobson St, between Cook St and the onramp to Spaghetti Junction.
To meet the council's new anti-shoebox apartment rules, every apartment in the 72-unit block will be more than 30sq m.
But the council's urban design panel has gone a step further and asked for a warning to be issued about disappearing views.
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