By ROBYN BRISTOW
A dairy farm on Rangiora’s eastern fringe has been bought by a consortium with plans for up to 1500 residential sections.
Development of the 100-hectare property could begin as early as 2021.
It will be project-managed by Paul McGowan, the development partner in the Westpark development to the west of Rangiora.
The deal includes 30ha on the southern side of Kippenberger Avenue running through to Northbrook Road, with the majority of the land to the north of Kippenberger Avenue, bordered by the Rangiora High school farm.
The block wraps around the new stadium property which bounds Coldstream Road. It excludes a small area of rural residential development tucked into the corner of Kippenberger Avenue and Golf Links Road.
Sections will range from 300 square metres up to 1200sqm, and plans include a community shopping centre, a retirement village and preschool.
The historic Bellgrove Homestead on the north side of Kippenberger Avenue is also captured by the purchase.
A consortium spokesman says it is hoped to develop the home, built in 1880, as an events centre along the same lines as Christchurch’s Mona Vale homestead.
A feature will also be made of the Cam River, which begins its journey to the sea on the southernmost part of the property.
The land is zoned rural and has been leased back to the dairy farmer until the 2021 start date for the project.
Development plans for east Rangiora are reliant on the current review of the Waimakariri District Plan. The plan is expected to be notified in the later half of next year.
Waimakariri District Council regulation manager Nick Harrison says a structure plan for the area will be developed before the plan’s notification.
“This is a high level plan giving an indication of road and reserve layouts,” he says.
The Inch family has farmed at Bellgrove for nearly 100 years.
In recent years the farm has run a dairy herd of about 230 cows.
Rangiora’s population is expected to top 30,000 over the next 30 years, while the Waimakariri district’s population is expected to reach 75,000 over the next decade.
By 2048, the population of the district is expected to be between 90,000 and 100,000.