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Approved by Woolworths Housing and Supermarket Development Environment Court.

The subdivision will have independent houses and apartments.  (Impression of the artist)

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The subdivision will have independent houses and apartments. (Impression of the artist)

270 projects. New houses and apartments, a supermarket, Christchurch’s fastest-growing suburb offers shops, groceries, a hotel, a cinema, a gym and an indoor pool.

The Environmental Court approved Supermarket company Woolworths proposes Building a 21-hectare subdivision on Hallsville RD, north of Hallsville.

More homes are already being built in the southwestern suburbs than in any other part of Christchurch.

Australian-based Woolworths, who owns the Countdown brand in New Zealand, bought the land from three owners about four years ago for 27 million. The site is mostly farmland and sits in front of the Edenfield subdivision.

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Woolworths had asked the court to consider the matter after disagreements with Christchurch City Council during the 2018-19 resource approval process.

The council overwhelmingly supported the project when certain conditions were met, but two neighboring landowners, Spreaden Lodge Limited and Hallswell Timber Limited, objected.

Hallswell Timber Ltd. has a wood processing plant right next to the Woolworths site and was concerned about the activities of new homeowners. The company reached a resolution with Woolworths before the court hearing.

Shops and other facilities will be part of the planned development.  (Impression of the artist)

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Shops and other facilities will be part of the planned development. (Impression of the artist)

Spreaden Lodge is a land developer who owns land north of the Woolworths site and has the resources to build shops and food stalls.

He opposed the Woolworths project on a number of grounds, including its scale and location.

The court agreed with Woolworth’s claim that Spreaddon Lodge was a competitor, but said it could only consider the environmental impact of the project, not the commercial impact.

An artist's impression of what subdivision would be like.

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An artist’s impression of what subdivision would be like.

Woolworths told the court that the development reflected his commitment to “rebuilding” Christ Church, and that it would contribute to the social and economic well-being of communities in the city’s southwest.

In approving Woolworth’s resources for development, the court said the benefits include providing new housing for the city, and creating facilities that are convenient for residents of North Hallsville.

Apartment buildings and roofed houses in the subdivision should be at least two storeys high.  (Impression of the artist)

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Apartment buildings and roofed houses in the subdivision should be at least two storeys high. (Impression of the artist)

Approval requirements include minimum density requirements for some residential areas, and a minimum two-story height for apartment buildings and rooftop homes.

Woolworth should also build a controlled intersection before dividing its land, where its new road meets Hallsville RD and Edenfield Drive.

Subdivision of individual housing lots will require the consent of additional resources.

The subdivision is intended for land that is now used for farming.  (Impression of the artist)

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The subdivision is intended for land that is now used for farming. (Impression of the artist)

The project is designed with sections of 300 square meters to 600 square meters, mainly independent houses. There will also be 24 “New York style” apartments upon request.

3.4 The commercial area will be built in phases.

It will have a 3,600-square-meter countdown supermarket, up to 21 specialty stores including a large medical center and a preschool, a cafe and a hotel.

Impressions are gained in a fluid, global, diffused way.

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Impressions are gained in a fluid, global, diffused way.

Residents will be able to join the club to access facilities including an indoor swimming pool and gym.

The project includes pocket parks with application “outdoor living rooms”, landscaped areas, covered outdoor areas, walkways and cycle paths. There will be a large storm water basin in the southeast corner of the site.

The common road in the subdivision will be designed for public transport in the future.

Alden Williams / Staff

Lydia Tate, a Hallsville resident, says having a high school will help promote a sense of community in Christchurch’s fast-growing suburbs.

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