Report reveals toll of urban sprawl on productive agricultural land

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 16 Apr 2021, 4:45PM
Areas with highly productive land like Pukekohe have become increasingly fragmented with decades of development. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Areas with highly productive land like Pukekohe have become increasingly fragmented with decades of development. Photo / Jason Oxenham

Report reveals toll of urban sprawl on productive agricultural land

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 16 Apr 2021, 4:45PM

The latest report from the Environment Ministry highlights concerns that highly productive agricultural land is being being eaten up by housing developments.

The area of highly productive land lost to housing increased by 54 percent between 2002 and 2019.

This will only increase as demand for land grows as our population grows.

So just how do we provide quality urban housing that people want to live in?

Scott Cracknell from Context Architects was involved in designing Hobsonville Point which is considered a great model of suburban mid-scale intensification.

Scott joined Kerre McIvor to talk about the issue.

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