High demand for West Melton land

02:08, Aug 18 2012

The developers of a West Melton subdivision have bought land for another 100 sections to meet the high demand.

West Melton, west of Christchurch, is already five times the size it was seven years ago, with the number of homes jumping from 42 in 2005 to 200 this year, and is on track to have 600 homes by 2015.

Preston Downs developer Gillman Wheelans has bought 20 hectares, known locally as the Wilson block, to expand the subdivision.

Spokesman Hamish Wheelans said there had been "significant acceleration" in demand for the existing 260 sections at Preston Downs since the earthquakes, with 175 sold.

Other housing West Melton subdivisions include Gainsborough, with 141 sections, and Halkett Grove, with 68.

Wheelans said buyers since the quakes "just wanted to get on with their lives".


Geotechnical reports had classed land in Preston Downs as equivalent to Christchurch's technical category 1 (least damaged), he said.

The new block will be divided into sections averaging 1700 square metres.

They will be available for pre-sales next month and will be progressively ready for building from April.

Prices will range from $185,000 to $275,000.

Like other commuter towns in the Selwyn District, West Melton has been one of the fastest-growing settlements in the country.

Selwyn has had the biggest population jump in the country, with numbers increasing from 35,000 in 2006 to more than 41,100 last year.

Hughes Developments said last month it would build a 1000-plus section subdivision called Faringdon on 82ha in Rolleston.

The Press