It has been almost 18 months since a Special Housing Area was publicly proposed at 31 Ngongotaha Rd but that bid was rejected by central Government this week.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is yet to list the detailed reasons for its decision, but under the Official Information Act, the Rotorua Daily Post has requested a copy of the letter Minister Megan Woods sent to the Rotorua Lakes Council this week, outlining her decision.

Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Megan Woods. Photo / File
Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Megan Woods. Photo / File

The ministry's deputy chief executive of place-based policy and programmes, Brad Ward, said the proposal's potential benefits were considered, as well as last year's

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