A new subdivision in Blenheim will soon be underway, and it will help alleviate the region’s housing shortage, the council says.
Billed as a “high class” development, the Rose Manor subdivision will have 190 sections and will be situated at Old Renwick Rd in Springlands.
The subdivision will be developed over a number of years.
Council resource management officer Ian Sutherland said a list of draft resource consent conditions had been sent to the developers, the DeLuxe Group.
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The company had the chance to give feedback and the parties could then iron out any minor problems before the resource consent was finalised.
The project was put on hold in June last year while developers chased the written consent of all the parties affected by the subdivision.
Marlborough District Council chief executive Mark Wheeler said the subdivision would “definitely” be good for the housing situation in Blenheim.
“[There will be] more choice out there. It’s good to get the whole area opened up.”
The “nitty gritty” details had taken a long time to sort out, and the project required a multimillion-dollar sewerage system and a significant stormwater drain, Wheeler said.
Wheeler thought the process would be “reasonably straightforward” from here on, and DeLuxe Group managing director of property Greg Smith said the company was meeting with the council this week.
Smith said he believed the subdivision had cleared “all hurdles”, and tenders were going out for work on the project.
He could not reveal any further details about the subdivision at this stage and did not know when the first sections would be available for sale.
Thirty-six lots near Old Renwick Rd, opposite Mowat St, were due to be developed first. The size of the lots varied from 640 square metres to 990sqm.
The company’s website said a “huge amount of thought” had gone into street design, off-street parking, reserves, street lighting and landscapes.
“We envisage that pre-sales will commence soon.”
Sutherland said it was up to the company to design and construct the drain and sewerage system, and the council would take over once they were built.
Stormwater would be held temporarily in a holding pond which would discharge into Caseys Drain along Old Renwick Rd, and there would also be a temporary sewerage facility before a permanent pipeline was sorted.
Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith said in February the shortage of available housing stock was being compounded by a lack of development-ready sections in Marlborough.
Bayleys Marlborough general manager David Lee said all of the available sections in the Boulevard Park on Taylor subdivision had been sold, but there were about 80 sections still to be subdivided and sold.
The subdivision was being developed by the Marlborough District Council’s company MDC Holdings.
The next round of sections would be available in July or August, Lee said.
“There will be strong demand. Finding good building sites in Marlborough is a challenge,” Lee said. “People like to live in that part of Blenheim.”
Work began on the the Omaka Landing subdivision, on New Renwick Rd, last year, with 96 sections sold already. A further 25 sections would become available this week.