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Westgate Estate: a residential development site for sale in Auckland's Northwest

Farmland in Redhills area with consent for up to 1500 houses



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As recently as the 1980s the area around Westgate was just grazing land and a few farmhouses. 

These days you can get there by motorway and get all of your shopping done. Anyone who hasn’t driven to the far reaches of the Northwestern Motorway in a while will be surprised to find a huge retail area has sprung up on what was once undeveloped land. There’s a new Pak’nSave supermarket, the NorthWest shopping mall, a Mitre 10, Palmers Planet and all the other large-format retailers like Rebel Sport and Briscoes. 

NorthWest has just opened its new shopping and restaurant precinct, featuring Wagamama, Cleaver & Co, Orra Coffee Shop, Nando’s, Goode Brothers, Hansan, Casablanca and Tomi Ro.  

Just around the corner on Fred Taylor Drive there’s a 42.26ha piece of land for sale, with consent for up to 1500 dwellings. 

The Westgate Estate is being marketed by David Mayhew and John Binning of JLL, on behalf of a collective of 10 owners. Expressions of interest in this prime site close on December 7. 

“The owners are families who have a long history in West Auckland,” Mayhew says. “Many of them have lived in the area all their lives. They have joined together to sell their land so that they can retire and provide for their own children. They see the dire need for housing in Auckland and they believe that now is the right time to develop more housing in the northwest.”

“They have spent four years and an awful lot of money doing the hard work to get to this point. Everything has been done properly, in terms of making sure the right zoning, consents and wastewater is in place, and that the traffic planning research has been done,” Binning says. 

Under Auckland’s Proposed Unitary Plan, the area has the necessary zoning to allow for Mixed Housing, Terraced Housing and Apartments. This includes 13ha zoned for Terraced Housing and Apartments and 16ha zoned for Mixed Housing. 

“The site is ready to go. The owners were working towards getting a Special Housing Area, but the Unitary Plan has made the zoning changes happen for them. A developer could put higher density dwellings at the Fred Taylor Drive end of the site at some point and they would be within walking distance of the supermarket,” Mayhew says. 

As well as the extensive retail area, the location is five minutes’ drive from a secondary school, primary school and kindergarten, making it ideal for families. 

“Now that Auckland’s transportation options are rapidly improving, with the Waterview Connection, the City Rail Link and the busways, living in Auckland’s northwest becomes an even more appealing prospect,” Mayhew says. “You only have to look at the popularity of the Hobsonville Point community to see how much Aucklanders enjoy living in this part of the city.

“The Waterview Connection in particular wil​l make a huge difference to how quickly we move around the regions. It will give Auckland a high-speed ring road, and Westgate will be one of the main centres that is located right next to that route. That will make the shopping at North West a 10-minute drive away for a huge number of Aucklanders.”

Auckland Transport anticipates the North West of Auckland will grow by 29,000 dwellings and 13,300 jobs over the next 30 years, and is planning its strategic transport network accordingly. 

The Westgate to Te Atatu section of the Northwestern Busway has been identified as an early priority for major investment in the final ATAP report (Auckland Transport Alignment Project) which was released in September. It has been brought forward as a project that needs to happen within the next 10 years, rather than the next 30. A bus interchange and Park and Ride facility is planned for Westgate. Auckland Transport also wants to connect Westgate and Albany with public transport, and provide more ferry services to the city from West Harbour and Hobsonville. 

“The busway will make the journey from Westgate to the city quick and easy,” Mayhew says. “Auckland Transport also has big plans for improving the transport connections further north to Kumeu, which will open up this whole northwest corner of Auckland.” 

Henry Norcross is representing the group of 10 owners. He is a well-known businessman in West Auckland, a father of four and grandfather of 15. The Norcross family have owned land off Fred Taylor Drive since the 1980s. They lived there for a few years and have kept cattle and horses on the land for a long time. 

Norcross approached some of his neighbours about the idea of getting together to sell their land as one parcel many years ago. It’s been a long and involved process, but along the way they have all become good friends. 

“The council is pleased that we’ve done everything properly,” he says. “Although I have to say none of us realised how expensive it would be to do this. Providing more housing in Auckland is always going to be expensive - it has to be done right. 

“There have been so many obstacles along the way, and at times I thought the obstacles were too high to jump, but it has finally come together.

​“We would never have dreamt that one day there could be 1500 houses on our land,” he says.  

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