Plan for housing on empty land

REGENERATION: The city council wants a rural piece of land near Papanui to have housing built on it.

About 50ha of empty land in Cranford Basin could be changed from a rural zoning so houses can be built on it.

The city council wants a Cranford Regeneration Plan prepared for the former farmland which runs between McFaddens and Winters Rds.

As part of that it wants about 50ha on the west side of Cranford St to changed to residential zoning.

It had got feedback from organisations and agencies, including Otakaro, to develop a draft outline of the plan.

City councillors decided on Thursday to approve it and submit it to Regenerate Christchurch.

The city council says the plan would assist the regeneration of Christchurch, by enabling more residential development.

Although the city council owns part of the land, the remainder is owned by eight different landowners, including developer Richard Peebles.

In Otakaro’s feedback, chief executive Albert Brantley said the zone change could have an impact on demand for the East Frame residential development, and wanted a robust assessment of the effects it would have on it.

Regenerate Christchurch would review the outline, make any changes and decide whether to recommend it to Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Gerry Brownlee for approval, late next year.

From there, the city council would prepare a regeneration plan.