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Developments focused on key corridors

March 15, 2012 by


Development will start in the second part of this year on a mixed density residential¬†development in Belfast, that will eventually accommodate¬†between 1300 and 2000 homes (depending on the level of density). It will include shops, a commercial centre, parks, and other community amenities. So what is so special about this development? Its location – located […]

Sprawl lobby takes a swipe

January 25, 2012 by


A few days ago there was an article in the Press about a recent survey which suggested that house prices in Christchurch were too high, and that land-use policy being pursued by local government, which imposes an urban area limit, was effectively to blame. The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey appears to be a […]

New developments need to conform to an overall plan

June 27, 2011 by


Last week a decision was made by the Government as to what properties in Christchurch would remain or be rebuilt and what ones would not. Well actually it really decided what properties it would make an offer on and which it wouldn’t, and also which ones it hadn’t decided what to do with yet, and […]

Another new residential development

June 18, 2011 by


A new residential sub-division, named Highfield, is planned in the north of Christchurch, offering 2400 sections on a 180 hectare site. The site will be bordered by the eastern edge of Redwood to the west, Hills and Hawkins Roads to the east, the Styx river to the north and Queen Elizabeth II Drive to the […]

Athfield wants trams gone as part of CBD revival

May 5, 2011 by


Our favourite ”architectural ambassador” is at it again, this time not just having a go at the one-way streets and buses in the CBD, but also having a crack at Christchurch’s beloved trams! From The Press: The central Christchurch Bus Exchange should be replaced by two terminals on the edge of a reduced central business […]

“Vision for Christchurch” meeting

April 20, 2011 by


The Greens, the only party to oppose CERA, hosted the first in a series of public meetings last night to present an alternative vision for Christchurch’s earthquake recovery – with the first focussing on the CBD. There was an impressive turnout, around 200 people, and amongst the crowd I spotted CCC councillors Chrissie Williams (chair […]

Prestons decision could set an unwanted precedent

April 17, 2011 by


While the Christchurch City Council has been confirmed as taking the lead in a ‘Recovery Plan‘ for the Central Business District ( and CERA will have ultimate authority anyway), there are definitely question marks over the future urban form Greater Christchurch may follow in the ‘post-quake’ environment. Certainly there is a need to provide housing […]