Interest in land for new suburbs
Landowners with land in the areas earmarked for housing development in Blenheim are keen to find out more from Marlborough District Council about what is planned for the new suburbs.
Developer Phil Robinson said he and his partners had a lot of investment around the Westwood development, which is the area the council is looking at rezoning.
"We feel strongly about its suitability for growth in Marlborough and excited about the possibility that council would re-zone land around us."
He intended to meet soon with council staff to discuss the proposal.
Blenheim man John Hedley, who owns land north of the Westwood development in one of the zones the council says could be developed, said he would attend a meeting the council had called for landowners in just under two weeks' time. "We'll know what's happening then."
His land in the zone had grapes and horses on it now, and he had no plans to re-develop it yet, he said. "It seems the process has got a way to run . . . we're going to be led by council."
Marlborough District Council issued a map last week identifying potential areas for new houses and earmarking five sites around the north, west and southern edges of Springlands.
Three of the sites surround the Westwood development, which includes Bunnings and Pak 'n Save. Another is north of that, bordering Old Renwick Rd and Thomsons Ford Rd, and the fifth site is off Battys Rd.
Letters were sent to about 100 landowners last week saying the council would be interested in rezoning their land for housing.
Owners of neighbouring land could contact the council if they wanted their land to be considered too. Population projections suggest another 2500 houses will be needed in Blenheim over the next 20 years.
This latest move is part of a review of the South Marlborough Urban Growth Strategy, after land to the north and east of Blenheim, initially earmarked for housing, was ruled out in May when engineers said the sites would suffer liquefaction in an earthquake.
The council intends to complete consultation with landowners by early next month, issuing a draft report reviewing the Southern Marlborough Urban Growth report by mid-September.
That would be open to public feedback, with a final report due by mid-October.
- The Marlborough Express