The Linwood Village Master Plan provides a way to create a lively urban village full of colour, life and energy, truly reflecting the character of the people who make this place their home.

Linwood vision

An artist's impression of a redeveloped Linwood Village looking west from the corner of Worcester Street and Stanmore Road.

The process to identify stakeholders, key issues, community aspirations and develop the Linwood Village Master Plan began in July 2011. After technical expert workshops and community consultation, the master plan was endorsed by the Community Board before being adopted by the Council in August 2012.

Vision, goals and actions

The Linwood Village Master Plan contains a strategic vision to transform the centre into a lively, colourful, diverse and eclectic urban village.

The vision is supported by five goals, which are to be delivered through eight detailed implementation actions/projects. These encourage Council, private sector, community and government-led decision making to align and move forward together in a logical sequence.

The associated vision, goals and actions are described in detail on pages 11, 12 and 25 of the Linwood Village Master Plan [PDF, 4.8 MB].

Progress on implementation of actions

In the years following the adoption of the Linwood Village Master Plan, actions have been implemented where possible. The context for these continues to change and this has influenced decisions by the Council, other organisations and private individuals.

Progress on implementation of Linwood Village Master Plan actions can be viewed below, under the areas or themes with which each action aligns.

Community facilities and open space (C1)

  • (C1c) Design and install children’s interactive play art in the Doris Lusk Park: The Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board approved the plan for a bespoke sculptural artwork entitled The Pumping Station in April 2021. The Council is working towards the installation of the play art in mid-2022. More information.(external link)

Streetscape (S1)

  • (S1a) Finalise and implement the streetscape plan: The Council prepared and publicly consulted on a draft design scheme between 2 February and 2 March 2022, with 62 submissions received. Council staff are currently analysing the public submissions received on the draft design scheme, to inform the development of the detailed design. Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2023. More information(external link).

Recovery together (R)

  • (R2) Business and Residents Association: The Inner City East-Linwood Revitalisation Working Group completed an Inner City East Linwood Revitalisation Plan, endorsed by the Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board, in 2021. The Working Group’s next steps in the implementation of the Revitalisation Plan include the formation of a business and residents group to progress several community actions. More information(external link).

South-west block (B2)

  • (B2) Collaborative design and redevelopment of the southwest corner of Worcester Street and Stanmore Road: Williams Corporation completed a two-storey, mixed-use development with five ground floor tenancies and five apartments on the southwest corner in 2019.

Community facilities and open space (C1)

  • (C1a) Develop the design and implement the Landscape Plan for the Doris Lusk Park and the Linwood Community Art Centre site: The Council completed a water drinking fountain and bike fix-it as part of a wider park revamp in 2014.
  • (C1b) Redesign and redevelop the public toilet facility on the Linwood Community Art Centre site: The Council replaced the previous toilets with new ones that offer better amenities and safety in 2014.

Streetscape (S1)

  • (S1c) Improve bus waiting spaces to include shelters, seating and good lighting, based on CTED recommendations, and real-time information: The Council completed a solar-powered shelter in 2015, which enables bus users to charge their phones while they wait.

Recovery together (R)

  • (R1) Undertake community initiatives: The Council added a series of transitional installations, including planter boxes and colourful spheres, to the street in 2014 ahead of the permanent update.

Recovery together (R)

  • (R1) Undertake community initiatives: The Council partnered with The Green Lab (formally Greening the Rubble) to run a co-design and building process with the local community aimed at temporarily providing basic amenities and gathering spaces lost after the earthquakes. The Koha Gardens and Tiny Shop village opened in 2018 and is currently run by the local community group Te Whare Roimata.
  • (R3) Case management: The Council has and continues to provide assistance as required since 2012.

The following Linwood Village Master Plan actions have commenced and/or been completed in part to the extent noted:

Community facilities and open space (C1)

  • (C1c) Design and install children’s interactive play art in the Doris Lusk Park: See ‘Current projects’ above.

Streetscape (S1)

  • (S1a) Finalise and implement the streetscape plan: See ‘Current projects’ above.

Recovery together (R)

  • (R2) Establish a local Business and Residents’ Association: See ‘Current projects’ above.

North-west corner (B1)

  • (B1) Collaborative design and redevelopment of the north-west corner of Worcester Street/Stanmore Road: For the private landowner to submit development plans for this site and implement.

Streetscape (S1)

  • (S1b) Upgrade Stanmore Road entrance to the car parking area between Supervalue and Worcester Street block: For the private landowner to upgrade the entrance.

Off-street parking – NE block (N1)

  • (N1) Finalise design and undertake upgrade works: For the private landowner to undertake the upgrade works.

No Linwood Village Master Plan actions have been discontinued.