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A Christchurch Son
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This is going to be very interesting to watch develop. I imagine it will happen very fast once all the paper work has been completed.

My dad was really funny about it when I was talking to him - he was going on about it all being swap and who'd want to live out there (considering my parents only live 10 minutes drive from the proposed new suburb. However he did end up admitting he'll go and have a look at the show rooms once they open (the're looking to move).

I think it will be very popular with new and young families. Good shopping close buy and to be built. Established schools and more to come. It will also benifit from the new northern transport plan once that is revealed.
 

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A Christchurch Son
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Pity the website is not full operational at the moment - that is crap! I hope it's not a fortaste of what is to come......................:eek:hno:
 

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It sounds like it will be smaller than Pegasus. Ngi Tahu have a few other similar developments in the pipeline, like Wigram and close out of Lincoln.
 

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Prestons Road plan change application considered

6 August 2009

The Christchurch City Council’s Regulatory and Planning Committee today resolved to recommend to the Council that an application for a private plan change to allow for the creation of a suburban development in the vicinity of Prestons Road be rejected.

Prestons Road Ltd had lodged a plan change request to have 205 hectares of land between Lower Styx Road and Mairehau Road to the east of Marshlands Road rezoned from Rural to Living G.

The options available in response to the application were: Accept the application as a private application and publicly notify it for submission and hearing at the cost of the applicant; adopt the change as the Council’s own change and accept the responsibility and costs of processing it; reject the application; process it as a resource consent application.

The recommendation to reject the application was based on the grounds that the applicant had declined to provide information requested and that the change was not in accordance with sound resource management practice and was inconsistent with Part 5 of the Resource Management Act.

The committee’s unanimous recommendation will be considered by the Council at its meeting on 27 August.
 

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Committee axes massive development

Christchurch Press article - Saturday August 8:

The rejection of one of the biggest housing schemes in Christchurch history could spark a court battle over expansion of the city.

A suburb of 6000 people proposed for Marshland has been rejected by the Christchurch City Council, and the developers plan to appeal in an Environment Court test case.

The proposed 203-hectare Prestons Rd suburb would be bigger than Hagley Park and have more residents than the Pegasus and Northwood developments combined.

A change to planning rules that would have paved the way for the controversial development has been rejected by the council's regulatory and planning committee. The decision is set to be endorsed by councillors at the end of the month.

The scheme is a joint venture between Ngai Tahu Holdings, supermarket giant Foodstuffs and developer CDL Land New Zealand.

Ngai Tahu Property general manager Tony Sewell said the group would appeal against the council decision.

"I think we are bound to appeal. We do not agree with the decision, so there is an opportunity to appeal and we will take it," he said.

The appeal would probably cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and would decide the future expansion of Christchurch.

Council planning general manager Michael Theelen said the scheme was outside areas identified by the council for housing development in the southwest and the Belfast corridor to the north.

"It is going in a very different direction to how development is outlined in the city plan," he said.

Theelen said it would be a test case for council powers to reject major schemes on the grounds they were not in accordance with "sound resource management practice".

Council staff were concerned it would cost too much to maintain the new infrastructure required for the scheme and that information requested about the scheme's impact on traffic had not been provided.

Theelen said he was confident the council could defend the decision in any court case.

"We have taken advice and think we have made the right call. If it does go to court, then we will defend it rigorously," he said.

Joint-venture director David Schwartfeger said he wanted to "sit down with council staff over the next couple of weeks and attempt to work through the differences highlighted in their report".

He hoped concerns over the scheme could be resolved before councillors met on August 27 to endorse the committee's decision.

"We have put together a comprehensive application over the last three years and answered in the last 12 months 300 queries from council staff," Schwartfeger said.

The land proposed for the new scheme is zoned rural. The council committee rejected the application to change the land to a living zone, which would have cleared the way for the new suburb.

Committee chairwoman Sue Wells said the scheme raised questions about the future of the city.

"This a whole suburb. There are some very fundamental questions about the council's role as a planner and the provider of the city's assets," she said.

"It is very big. It is bigger than Hagley Park, so it is really important that the planning begins in the right way.

"The council's very ability to plan for suburbs is tested quite strongly by this."
 

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metroman
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Hopefully council and developers can work through some of the issues. If the land being built on is designated farmland or growing land then I can understand knocking this one on its head. I can also see how the need for high density over urban sprawl could come into this. The significance of this development to Canterbury can't be denied. I hope they can all come up with a suitable decision whereby all parties are happy.:)
 

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I agree with "Kiss the Rain". Doesn't Christchurch's inner city need a huge amount of extra development to make the place more viable? I've heard of Christchurch being refered to as a "donut city" because the inside is pretty empty. Surely it makes more sense to intensify?

Furthermore, until ChCh gets a commuter rail service up and running, all that developments like Prestons are likely to do is increase auto-dependence and traffic congestion.
 

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well, I've always prefered building up, rather than out.
Are the NIMBYs bad in the downtown area? You know, the hole of the doughnut? ;)
 

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A Christchurch Son
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One of the biggest housing schemes in Christchurch history could be back on track.

A proposed 203-hectare suburb of 6000 people in Marshland was originally rejected by the Christchurch City Council, but planners have now recommended the project move forward to public notification.

The new Prestons Rd suburb of about 2200 homes would be bigger than Hagley Park and have more residents than the Pegasus and Northwood developments combined.

A planning rule change that would pave the way for the development was rejected by the council's regulatory and planning committee in August because of concerns over the cost of infrastructure and a lack of information regarding the scheme's impact on local roads.

The committee will meet today to debate a staff recommendation that the scheme can now proceed in the planning process as more information has been provided.

The scheme is a joint venture between Ngai Tahu Holdings, supermarket giant Foodstuffs and developer CDL Land New Zealand.

Roger Davidson, director of Prestons Road Ltd, said he was pleased with the recommendation.

"We have worked closely with council staff over the last two months."

A staff report to the planning committee says the extra information provided by the developer had met the issues previously raised, allowing the project "to proceed to public notification".

The developer has agreed to plan and establish a wastewater system for the project on certain conditions and to phase development in line with roading improvements. The committee's decision today will be subject to approval from full council.
 

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Hardly sprawl. It's more filling in the gaps.

Not every family and situation is suited to CBD living. I think this is a great venture and I hope it goes ahead.
 

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Location Info...

The site is located 15 minutes drive north east of Christchurch City centre, and is bounded by Mariehau Road to the south and Lower Styx Road to the north. Prestons Road bisects the site and provides connection to the primary north-south road, Marshland Road and also to Burwood Road and Waitikiri Drive.



The site bounds Burwood to the east, a well established residential suburb which includes Burwood Hospital and recent new residential subdivisions such as The Limes, Tumara Park, Waitikiri and the Parklands. Further planned development adjacent to the site includes an extension to Waitikiri residential, and a major new aged care complex for Alpine Retirement Village. The Waitikiri and Windsor 18-hole golf courses bound the site to the north eastern corner and link the site to the major recreation reserve, the Bottle Forest Park. There are also a number of drains, storm water channels and informal water bodies, as well as significant strands of trees.

Central to the site is Prestons Road, an existing small village including a domain, produce stores, garden centre and service station, together with the community services of a primary school, church and Scout Hall.

The Urban Design Master Plan provides the development framework for the site of approximately 200 hectares, much of what is owned by Prestons Road Limited
 

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Hearing set down for big project

By GLENN CONWAY - The Press

Christchurch's largest housing project will be heard over 11 days next month.

The Prestons Rd, Redwood, scheme would be bigger than Hagley Park, with about 2500 houses for an estimated 6000 people.

It is a joint venture by Ngai Tahu, supermarket giant Foodstuffs and developer CDL Land New Zealand.

The application was initially rejected by the Christchurch City Council because of concerns about infrastructure costs and a lack of information on its impact on roads.

After more information was provided, the council agreed to publicly notify the bid, which attracted hundreds of submissions.

Commissioners David Kirkpatrick and Paul Thomas will conduct the hearing, which will run from August 2 to 10 and from August 16 to 20.

Developers want to rezone 205 hectares of land east of Marshland Rd between Mairehau Rd and Lower Styx Rd. They also want to create 10,000 square metres of retail space, almost half of which would be provided by a new supermarket.
 

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Housing project hearing to start

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An 11-day hearing to consider plans for one of Christchurch's biggest housing projects begins today.

The proposed Prestons Rd development would be bigger than Hagley Park, with about 2500 houses for 6000 people.

The proposal has attracted 137 submissions.

However, Christchurch City Council planning officer David Punselie said a breakdown of support or opposition could not be provided "because it is not that black and white".

Developer Prestons Rd Ltd is scheduled to take up the hearing's first four days.

Submitters include the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Orion New Zealand, the Shirley Residents' Group, Cashmere Rural Landowners, the New Zealand Transport Agency, the Waimakariri District Council and supermarket operator Progressive Enterprises.

The joint venture, between Ngai Tahu, supermarket giant Foodstuffs and developer CDL Land New Zealand, was rejected by Christchurch city councillors last year because of concerns about infrastructure costs and a lack of information about the impact on local roads.

However, after more information was provided, the council allowed an application for a planning change for the project to be publicly notified.

A council planner's report said Prestons would be "a new, sustainable community that will play an integral role in the urban consolidation of Christchurch".

Developers want to build about 2500 houses over 15 years, starting in 2013.

They also want to create 10,000 square metres of retail space, almost half of which would be a supermarket.

A school catering for 700 pupils is also planned.

The proposed new Living G zone, 5.4km from the central business district, would include land both north and south of Prestons Rd.

It is bounded by Mairehau Rd to the south and Lower Styx Rd to the north. To the east, the site adjoins Burwood and residential developments such as The Limes, Tumara Park and Waitikiri.

The site is close to shopping centres at Belfast, Shirley and Northwood.

Auckland-based barrister David Kirkpatrick and Wellington-based planning consultant Paul Thomas will conduct the hearing.

Punselie hoped the commissioners would make their recommendations on the application to the council before the end of the year.
 

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Development plan welcomed

By SAM SACHDEVA - The Press

Christchurch residents near a proposed 2500-house development say the plan would revitalise the area.

Christchurch City Council-appointed commissioners began to hear public submissions on the Marshland development yesterday after four days of evidence from the developers.

The joint venture between Ngai Tahu, supermarket giant Foodstuffs and developer CDL Land New Zealand would see the Prestons Rd site rezoned for up to 2500 houses, to be built over 15 years, and 10,000 square metres of retail space.

Burwood resident Amanda Williams said subdivisions in northeast Christchurch had been planned without a community focus, leading to "poorly designed urban sprawl".

The Prestons Rd development would "create a community where people are healthy and happy; a place where people desire to live".

Prestons Rd resident Keith Whiteside said the proposed plan change would help change "an existing unproductive land resource into a fine residential suburb".

Mairehau Rd resident Ivan Chernishoff said the development was likely to lead to an increase in noise, traffic and rubbish in the area.

New Zealand Historic Places Trust regional archaeologist Frank van der Heijden said the development would affect Dunlop House, a colonial residence built in 1877 and "one of the few original farm homesteads to survive in Canterbury".

Public submissions will continue over the next two weeks.
 

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'Need for more homes in north'

By SAM SACHDEVA - The Press

A planned housing project would meet demand for homes in northern Christchurch, a hearing has heard.

The developers of the proposed 2500-home Marshland project finished presenting their evidence to Christchurch City Council-appointed commissioners yesterday.

The joint venture between Ngai Tahu, supermarket giant Foodstuffs and developer CDL Land New Zealand would see the Prestons Rd site rezoned for up to 2500 houses, to be built over 15 years, and 10,000 square metres of retail space.

Traffic engineer Andrew Carr told the commissioners that nearby roads would be able to handle additional traffic, with help from road improvements included in the plan change or already scheduled by the council or the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Economic consultant Philip Donnelly said the development would boost the area's economy.

Retail spending for the area would increase to about $62 million at full development in 2023-24, Donnelly said.

Real estate agent Peter Cook said other potential Belfast and Styx Mill sites would not meet the demand for property in the area.

One of the developers' experts will return this morning to answer questions from the commissioners, with public submissions to follow.
 
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