16 September, 2020
Takapuna campground plans take shape
The demolition or removal of Rose Cottage and other council buildings at the Takapuna campground has been proposed as part of its redevelopment.
Rose Cottage, which has been used as the camp manager’s house, has been substantially altered from its original design and does not have a Code Compliance Certificate, says a report to a Devonport-Takapuna Local board workshop.
Any renovation of the building will be costly and will have to be met by Auckland Council, the report says.
The new campground operator and Auckland Council have been working together to run the park for the past six months, with a higher of people staying in caravans than expected.
This has raised concerns about ease of access to the park. The single-lane entrance is often blocked by waka ama boats and café delivery vans as well as caravans and motor homes trying to manoeuvre safely, the report says.
The park is only running at 30-40 per cent occupancy, so the issue will continue to worsen as occupation increases over summer, it says.
The proposed driveway alteration would include a two-way lane and a pedestrian crossing next to the Takapuna Beach Café. Around 3m of flat reserve will be used to widen the driveway.
Current seating at the reserve would be improved, however, by a low wooden perimeter fence along the coastal boundary, with the barbecue facilities relocated.
The plan for the campground is to have 40 multi-use sites (caravan, motor home and tent), and increase the units from 6 to 12.
The final height measurements for the units have not been finalised. The operator does not want the units to be any higher than the current fence line and is very aware and mindful of neighbours views, the report says.
The local board asked that if Rose Cottage is to be relocated from the site, some of the space be used to compensate for land lost if the two-lane driveway is implemented.
Landowner approval is to be sought for the work to address stormwater/coastal inundation issues and the carpark development.
If that is granted, a resource consent will be sought, with the aim to complete building works by late 2023.
This article originally appeared in the 18 September 2020 edition of the Rangitoto Observer.
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