Development a boost for Hanmer homes

LIZ MCDONALD
Last updated 12:17 09/06/2014
St James Estate, Hanmer
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BIG IMPACT: Artist impressions of a proposed 25-hectare development in Hanmer Sprinsg, which could add 140 new homes to the town.

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Plans for a country-club style development on Hanmer Springs land could add 140 new homes to the town.

Two Christchurch businessmen have planned the subdivision with the name St James Estate. They now want a developer to buy their land and build the project.

The rural site covers 25 hectares in the Hanmer Basin between Hanmer Springs and Argelins Rds, just south of the town centre. The Hurunui District Council has rezoned the land to allow the project to go ahead.

Property developer Brent Ennor and lawyer Michael Sweeney are the men behind St James Estate.

After buying the land more than a decade ago, they have designed the development as a combination of houses, townhouses and apartments around a country club and tennis courts.

It has been designed to accommodate both full-time residents and visitors, and includes room for a hotel.

At present land values, the 25 hectare site would be worth several million dollars.

Real estate agent Simon Rowland-Jones, who is handling the sale for Ennor and Sweeney, described it as "a long- term investment and development" which would have a big impact on Hanmer Springs.

The sale will be promoted nationally and internationally.

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