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introduction
HOW IS NEW LYNNS HISTORY AND CHARACTER BEING ENHANCED?
Sense of Place refers to an individuals experience of a location. It is not simply about the physical environment, but the events that a person experiences there. It defines an area, makes it unique and gives it meaning. New Lynns town centre has been subject to sustained and continuing redevelopment and has lost much of its original fabric and identity. However, there are elements within the town centre that are still recognised as contributing to the overall sense of place within the area: - - The finer grained development along Totara Avenue Corner buildings on Totara Avenue that provide key architectural statements along viewshafts on Great North Road - - - The new park along Totara Avenue The traditional triangle-shaped urban block between Totara Avenue and Great North Road The Memorial Square area of remembrance

objective
TO RETAIN THE EXISTING CHARACTER OF THE AREA AS THE BASIS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

criteria
5.1 - ESTABLISH A DESIGN REVIEW PANEL FOR DEVELOPMENTS It is suggested that the council work closely with developers in early stages of developments, so that they can influence streetscapes through better urban design solutions and more responsive architectural responses. This is particularly applicable to buildings within the Merchants Quarter, where buildings require sensitivity in design so as not to detract from the existing character of the area 5.2 - INVEST INITIALLY IN PUBLIC SPACE AND STREET UPGRADES Investing in initial public open space upgrades including planting, furniture, parks and footpath upgrades will help by building pride in areas seen as attractive places to meet, sit and rest - This will also help in creating a consistent look within the town centre to reinforce the local character an

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identity 5.2 - ESTABLISH AN OVERALL BUILT FORM APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE NEW LYNN TOWN CENTRE Differences in existing built form fabric within New Lynn could be stitched together by creating a gradual transition in built form massing, setbacks and heights between the finer-grained North-west areas, the large grained Lynn Mall and the sparsely disbursed grain along the southern areas of the town centre. - 5.3 - EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL OF EXISTING BUILDING FABRIC Although there are buildings and streetscapes within the New Lynn town centre that have qualities that the community values, little is likely to meet the threshold for scheduling for protection in WCCs District Plan. Existing built forms worthy of protecting in the future for character, not heritage values, need to be assessed

BUILT FABRIC PLAN Scale 1:6 000 @A4

Existing buildings Proposed new Buildings

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5.3 -

IDENTIFICATION OF KEY FEATURES Identification of possible key buildings and features within the New Lynn Town Centre will contribute to the heritage of the area by putting in place design standards and expectations for key development sites in the future -

streets; prominent corners; focal points at the end of viewshafts; possible location of artworks, sculptures, landscape features; and special streetscapes or areas to be enhanced These should be based heavily on existing features within the community that are held to be important e.g. locally significant public views along Great North Road

This includes key buildings; gateways into main

KEY URBAN FEATURES PLAN Scale 1:6 000 @A4


Key buildings view shafts

Key artworks, sculptures of landscape features

gateways

Enhanced Streetscapes

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APPROACH TO HEIGHT PLAN 5.5 - ESTABLISH AN APPROACH TO BUILDING HEIGHTS WITHIN NEW LYNNS TOWN CENTRE This proposal suggests scope for unlimited height as per the District Plan in certain areas of New Lynns town centre, to give it the critical mass of residential employment intensity required to support a transit centre. Increase height along Clark Street will also aid in balancing the potentially wide open spaces Scale 1:6 000 @A4
Tall buildings Increased height along Main Streets and around Public spaces Managed height within the Merchant quarter centre to retain human scale Medium control in height around the Merchant quarter centre

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Indicative Skyline (facing North) within New Lynns town centre

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