Consents lodged for first 54 houses

Subdivision consent will soon be lodged for 54 houses in the Shotover Country development in the first stage of an 800-house settlement near Queenstown.

The $300 million, 120-hectare development could be the last big housing subdivision in the Wakatipu and will eventually meld with the neighbouring 550-home Lake Hayes housing estate.

Combined, the two subdivisions would have a population bigger than that of Arrowtown.

Revealed in documents attached to an outline development plan lodged with Lakes Environmental recently was a proposal to build a nine-hole community golf course beside the subdivision.

Project backer The Ladies Mile Trust is in contract negotiations with the Education Ministry for a primary school in the subdivision.

Both parties have so far remained tight-lipped about the possibilities of whether a school could be a reality for the ever-increasing population in the area.

"It could . . . be reasonable to expect that sportsfields and play equipment will be established on the school site that the com munity could enjoy," the documents say.

"Although not confirmed (and confidential at this stage), the primary school is anticipated to be operational by the beginning of 2015."

Included in the documents was a proposal for development contributions - payments or land ceded to the Queenstown Lakes District Council to offset infrastructure costs associated with the development.

Based on the council's development contribution policy, the 54 houses in stage one of the estate would generate a need for 1485 square metres of reserve land and $71,226 in cash for reserve improvements.

The developers proposed to offer a reserve area of 5000sqm including a public walkway and cycle trail, estimated to cost $87,425.

"The reserve land asset acquired by the council would exceed the monetary value set out within the development contribution policy," the documents said. 

The Southland Times