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Danger intersection’s fix to link to growing Quail Rise

Quail Rise and the Frankton Flats are about to join hands.

Quail Rise developer David Broomfield is initiating a private plan change to permit up to 115 houses opposite the Frankton Flats, north of State Highway 6.

And separately, Frankton Flats developer Alastair Porter is spearheading a $2 million roundabout on SH6 to replace the dangerous Glenda Drive intersection – the roundabout will also access the entire Quail Rise area.

Broomfield, who’s sold 160 Quail Rise sections over 13 years, calls the subdivision extension plans “a no-brainer”.

His Quail Rise Estates Ltd is asking Queenstown Lakes District Council to rezone 19 hectares of what Broomfield calls “dead land” from rural general to low-density residential.

Broomfield’s company owns only about 20 per cent of the land but his Frankton Flats North plan change application is also on behalf of four immediate neighbours.

His company would develop its land immediately after approval is granted, Broomfield says.

“It’s up to each other land owner when they want to develop – the rest might want to wait 10 years for land prices to double.”

But Broomfield is happy either to develop in conjunction with his neighbours or buy them out at market price – he estimates the total development cost at $4m-plus.

Broomfield would market his 1000 square metre-plus sections at about $220,000 a pop – “it’s the bottom end of the market and reflects the present market”.

“The last six [Quail Rise] sections have averaged between $220,000-$240,000.”

In the boom, they sold at $275,000-$295,000, he adds.

Surprisingly, Broomfield says returns from Quail Rise have been “pretty average”. He suffered partly from bad timing but planning battles with QLDC cost him millions, he claims.

The Broomfield plan change also sets aside 1500sq m for a corner shopping area, which the developer says would include a childcare centre.

Meanwhile, the main road through Frankton Flats North is proposed to be an extension of Ferry Hill Drive, meeting up with the new SH6 roundabout.

That roundabout, replacing the Glenda Dr intersection 250m east, is being driven by Porter, whose Shotover Park company has developed most of the Glenda Drive industrial subdivision.

Originally, the roundabout was only going to have three legs.

“A number of parties, particularly Shotover Park, opposed that,” Porter says.

“To have a major subdivision like Quail Rise served by an angle intersection at the bottom of a steep hill in a 100km zone [at Tucker Beach Road] just makes no sense whatsoever, when the bulk of the people coming out of that subdivision are heading towards Frankton and town.”

Broomfield says construction of Queenstown Airport’s “runway end safety area” over the Shotover Delta, together with increasing gravel extraction, will also create more bottlenecks at the existing Tucker Beach Rd intersection.

Porter is pressing the New Zealand Transport Agency, which controls state highways, to complete the “long overdue” roundabout by next May.

“We and others have indicated we are prepared to make a reasonable contribution towards the [$2m] cost.”

The Chamber of Commerce, which Porter chairs, is holding a public meeting on September 23 to discuss the roundabout with interested parties.