Category Archives: Sustainability

Deanwell’s stand alone corner dairy

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Here is a picture of a corner dairy in Vathorst, Amersfoort, The Netherlands. This apartment building is less than a decade old and it is an example of small-scale economic activity, supporting the local population and making the corner an active, social place where you’ll find people most times during the day and a good part of the evening.

Here in Deanwell, we can see a development with a similar goal, where the corner dairy is part of an apartment building, not on the same scale as the Vathorst example, but giving residents the same convenience of having an extension of their pantry on their doorstep and providing a place where locals informally share, contribute and build a sustainable neighbourhood.

What supports this dairy is the high density of homes (and schools) within walking distance of this corner. Much of the area has a population density of around 4,000 persons per square km (source: https://koordinates.com/layer/7322-new-zealand-population-density-by-meshblock/)

This high density also shows a good number of people living within a 400m nominal distance of other dairies in Melville.

The Deanwell corner dairy combined with apartments is sensible; it may not meet everyone’s definition of attractive, but because the Deanwell neighbourhood offers housing types of every kind, the suburb is attractive to a wide range of people.

 

Crawshaw, Brymer census area bright spot

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In the Crawshaw/Brymer area, Mooney Park neighbourhood stands out as a bright area: it has population growth; it is close to schools and has plenty of leisure areas, which is attracting young people whose incomes are increasing at a rate above Hamilton’s average, between 2001 and 2013.

Mooney Park

Mooney St is one of the closest residential areas to Wintec’s Avalon Campus (2.2km 10min cycle 25 min walk) and the large employment areas between Avalon Dr and the railway.

Crawshaw Brymer Pop Change 01-13 Crawshaw Brymer Age Change 01-13  Crawshaw Brymer Income Change 01-13

It is notable that the Brymer area (lower area of image) has double digit population growth. The new residents tend to be older, with higher than average incomes, which is nice. However, these incomes are not increasing at the same rate as the average person in Hamilton city or Crawshaw. The local parks are very good, but the area has limited land use diversity, reducing the long term attractiveness for younger people. Let’s say Brymer has Location (accommodation), Location (parks), Location (something maybe missing at this point).