Mile stalked for houses


The Ladies Mile highway entrance to Queenstown, once considered a no-go development area, might become a hotbed for housing.

On Tuesday, a local family applied for a 250-dwelling special housing area (SHA) by the main highway between Lake Hayes and Frankton.

It was the same day the government ticked off a more than 300-home retirement village, also on Ladies Mile.

SHAs stem from an accord, signed by the government and local council in 2014, aimed at streamlining the supply of affordable housing.

Maryhill Ltd - comprising Shotover Country developers Sharyn and Grant Stalker, their son Kristan and his wife Emma - is proposing a 20 hectare subdivision, called Glenpanel, which could house about 750 residents.

Kristan says there’ll be a number of multi-unit lots, as planned at Queenstown’s first approved SHA, Bridesdale Farm.

“We’re targeting a higher-density section which will make the cost of the sections to the market lower.”

In addition, he’s talking to the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust about a contribution, as required under the housing accord.

Kristan won’t speculate on what his sections will sell for.

In announcing he’s approved the Ladies Mile retirement village as Queenstown’s seventh SHA, building and housing minister Nick Smith says almost 1000 homes have now been approved for fast-tracking under the accord.

However Kristan says there’s no risk of any housing over-supply.

“For the next 10 to 15 years, the population projections certainly won’t be dealt with by 1000 new homes.”

He also says there’s no danger of building on top of Ladies Mile.

Glenpanel’s larger 600 to 700 square metre sections will be closest to the highway, but will still be set back about 80m.

He believes the SHA is well-sited, close to Frankton’s shops, to Shotover Country’s water and sewerage infrastructure, and to Shotover Primary.

While presently proposing 207 allotments, Kristan says there’s potential for more housing both west and east of Glenpanel.

Local SHAs have to be ticked off by the minister and lodged for council resource consent by mid-September.

Former local resident Marg Hillock is appealing for developers on both sides of the highway to pay close attention to retaining the scenic corridor - ”more attention than what would have possibly happened without the development”.