Claudelands, Heaphy and Brooklyn plans

Since the turn of the century the population in Claudelands has grown at nearly twice the rate of housing construction in the area. There has been a 15.4% increase in people (2,649 in 2001 and 3,057 in 2018) and 7.9% increase in the number of homes (1,137 in 2001 and 1,227 in 2018).

The 2008 City Heart Revitalisation team explained the types of restrictions in place limiting further development:

‘Heaphy Terrace, although subject to the Claudelands West Character Area, is arguably degraded in certain points, which necessitates the need for a character review. Should this review determine that parts of Heaphy Terrace currently subject to heritage provisions are unjustifiably protected, support should be given to redeveloping these sites’.

The same City Heart team proposed building on the council land on the corner of  Brooklyn Rd and  Heaphy Tce, which presently only has a third of the land built on (0.4 ha of buildings, 1.3 ha total area)

The City heart revitalisation project was proposed in 2008. Now, a decade later, the city has the Event Centre and private investment has built The Roaming Giant. The Brooklyn Rd corner still has potential, but maybe there is a need to future-proof this land.

If you have ideas on where you would like the city to be in the next few decades, for the first half of next year the Hamilton-Waikato Spatial Planning team begin Community Engagement. They say that the mass transit network layer has the largest influence on development patterns.

‘Mass/Rapid transit forms the backbone of the transport network. It provides fast, frequent and high capacity services along corridors separated from general traffic and is therefore not affected by road congestion’

For more information, here is a link to the elected members’ briefing, 4 Dec 2019-12-09

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Claudelands Neighbourhood area

The Claudelands area has Miropiko Pa in the north, with Opoia Pa upstream, while in the south is Waipahihi Pa* overlooking the Putikitiki Gully (Seeley’s Gully p60). To the west is Peachgrove Road, formed on an old walking track named Te Ara Rewarewa’*. In the 1860s the area was dominated by the 800 hectare^ forest known as Te Papanui*. (*Hamilton East by B.Lafferty)(^CBER Report 113)

From Hamilton East by Barry Lafferty, page 5

For the early colonial history of Claudelands, see Wikipedia and the next link, which shows an 1879 map of Claudelands Township before Claudelands Park was established. In 1912 Claudelands, encompassing 566 acres (229 hectares or 2.29 km2) was brought into the Hamilton Borough.

From Hamilton City ‘Its establishment and development’ by L.G. Westwood, March 1962

Claudelands as an area has been butchered by area maps over the last half century. Interestingly, up to the 2018 census, the map included the Fairfield side of Boundary Rd as part of Claudelands even though traffic on Boundary Rd is a barrier to accessing Claudelands Park. In contrast, the Claudelands shops, the Grey/Te Aroha St intersection, Claudelands Bridge and Opoia have been excluded in almost all area maps for the last half century.

Claudelands is a good example of a neighbourhood that overlaps with its neighbours. In the north it is part of Fairfield, in the east it is part of Five Cross Roads (Enderley), to the south it is part of Hamilton East, and the Claudelands event centre is an important part of Hamilton Central. The area maps that best respect Claudelands’ original boundaries are council’s rating roll areas 4090 and 4100.

The area that provides the best data is Census SA2. The number of people living in Claudelands has increased 15.4% since 2001 (2,649 in 2001 and 3,057 in 2018). The number of households/occupied dwellings has increased by 7.9% (1,137 in 2001 to 1,227 in 2018). We are not building new dwellings at the same rate as the population is increasing in this area.

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