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LIZ MCDONALD
Last updated 13:54 23/05/2014
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Fast-growing North Canterbury is to get another major population boost with the launch of the 1500-section Ravenswood Village near Woodend.

The big subdivision promises a shopping centre, supermarket, recreational facilities and cheaper housing. It will be built on State Highway 1 directly opposite Pegasus town.

Ravenswood will be developed by Bob Robertson's Infinity Group. Infinity created then lost control of Pegasus after offshoot company Pegasus Town Ltd struck financial trouble.

Robertson has had Ravenswood quietly on the drawing board for several years,  now releasing details of the project for the first time.

Spokesman Paul Croft said sections would range from 310 to 700 square metres, with terraced homes also planned. They were aimed at first-home buyers, young families, and homeowners wanting to downsize.

The village plan includes a heated community swimming pool,  gymnasium, community clubrooms, play areas and parks, riverside walks and barbeque areas. 

More details of section prices and the town centre are expected to be released in the next few weeks.

Croft said the subdivision would have ''all the hallmarks of a great community, with an emphasis on village-style living."

He promised a ''revolutionary new sales model designed to make property buying easier with prices starting far lower than anything currently in the market.'' 

Infinity expects the proximity of Pegasus, with facilities including a golf course and man-made lake, will help attract buyers to Ravenswood.

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