Newlands Consultations

3 November 2009

People living in Newlands and neighbouring suburbs have a chance to help shape the future of their area by getting involved in two consultations that are looking for ideas and views.

Newlands sign and trees.

Newlands sign and trees.

One consultation focuses on developing the Newlands shopping centre area into a more vibrant and attractive place. The other looks at creating quality parks and reserves in Newlands, Paparangi, Woodridge and Grenada Village.

We believe the Newlands shopping centre area could better meet the community's needs and we want to develop a long-term plan for the centre. Suggestions for the centre include a wider range of shops and services and a more people-friendly area with better-quality public spaces.

Improved pedestrian access is a priority, as well as facilities that cater for more people visiting, living and working in the area. The draft centre plan sets out key principles to underline any changes, and identifies a mix of possible development opportunities.

Wellington City Council Senior Strategic Advisor Sherilyn Hinton says two concept plans are proposed for the shopping centre area. One is a short-term approach over the next five years that would include a supermarket, car parking and public space improvements in and around the main shopping area.

The second concept plan looks ahead 20 years and presents a number of possible development ideas. "The plans show redevelopment possibilities for key sites within the centre, many of which are privately owned," she says. "These ideas will depend on the development plans of private landowners, but the aim of the centre plan is to help guide private investment."

The second consultation is closely related, focusing on creating a network of quality parks and reserves in Newlands, Paparangi, Grenada Village and Woodridge. The Council recently assessed the quality of the parks and reserves in these areas to see if they were meeting the needs of local residents.

The review looked for any gaps or duplication and how the parks measured up in terms of recreation, connection to the landscape and biodiversity. The assessment identified those parks and reserves that we think contribute to the wider parks network or have the potential to contribute more if changes or further investment are made. It identified other parks with limited potential for improvement.

People can drop into the Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, and talk with Council staff about the draft plans from 3.00pm - 7.00pm on Wednesday 11 November or from 10.00am - 2.00pm on Saturday 14 November.

Further information is also available in the Public Input part of this website, or by phoning (04) 499 4444 or from the public display at the community centre, open weekdays from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Feedback on both consultations is required by Friday 11 December.