Aiming to bring hope: A map of Ladies Mile shows the proposed Flint's Park West and Flint's Park development, both of which have now been accepted for consideration for fast-tracked consent, within the council's adopted masterplan for Ladies Mile

By Tracey Roxburgh

ONE of the developers behind plans to subdivide the northern side of Ladies Mile, creating up to 700 homes, expects the first of two resource consent applications to be
lodged within the next two months.

On Tuesday, acting Prime Minister Grant Robertson announced Glenpanel Development Ltd’s Flint’s Park West, mooting up to 315 residential units on 8.6 hectares of land at Queenstown’s Ladies Mile, has been approved for consideration under the government’s fast-track consents.

It is the second application given the nod for fast-track consideration by the company — last year, Flint’s Park, on adjacent land to the east, was also given the nod for consideration.

It envisages either 384 residential units, or, if a proposed primary school is constructed, 179 residential units on 15.6ha of land.

Glenpanel Development Ltd’s directors are Mark Tylden and Lindsey Topp.

Tylden tells Mountain Scene both the developments have been designed to be compatible with Queenstown council’s protracted masterplan for Ladies Mile, adopted last October.

He’s anticipating the consent application for Flint’s Park to be lodged by July.

Developments will help with inequality

Subject to consent being granted, Tylden says both it and Flint’s Park West will give effect to council’s vision for the northwestern end of Ladies Mile, by providing medium-density residential development, with a diverse range of housing typologies, and links to the active travel network and public transport infrastructure.

“Queenstown’s lack of housing supply and diversity have been driving in equality.

‘‘The Flint’s Park and Flint’s Park West developments will help address those issues and bring hope to many in Queenstown who love living here but cannot get ahead due to lack of availability and prohibitive housing costs.’’

He says both he and Topp have been ‘‘thrilled’’ with how supportive the Environment and Transport Ministries and other local and central government agencies have been with fast-tracking the projects.

‘‘Despite negative publicity, government agencies and ministers are pushing hard for affordable housing, and their support has dramatically sped up these developments,’’ Tylden says.

However, Queenstown mayor Jim Boult remains steadfast there needs to be solutions to the notorious congestion issues at Ladies Mile before any development is progressed.

That will require intervention from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and Otago Regional Council (ORC), but aside from a westbound bus lane and roundabout at the
intersection with Howards Drive, both due for completion in 2024, as yet no other transport measures have funding in place.

But Tylden says NZTA will splash the cash through the government’s ‘NZ Upgrade  Programme — Transport’, which includes, he says, $115 million committed investment to Queenstown, with a focus on building infrastructure to support public transport.

‘‘For Ladies Mile, there is recognition that development will continue at pace, and the need for mode shift will increasingly become important.

‘‘Development needs to be designed to accommodate and encourage more people to use public transport as part of their daily lives and commutes.

‘‘Bus lanes on Ladies Mile will support this, as will the other elements planned along State Highway 6/6A.

‘‘These initiatives also sit alongside the business case ORC is currently working on in relation to public transport requirements in Queenstown.’’

Once Glenpanel Development Ltd lodges its consent for Flint’s Park, an independent hearings panel will be convened by the government to consider the application, with Queenstown’s council to provide advice around district plan compliance.

What’s proposed

Flint’s Park (15.6ha)
●  Either 384 residential units, or, if a proposed primary school’s constructed, 179 residential units
●  Neighbourhood commercial centre
●  Early childhood centre
●  Historic Glenpanel Homestead retained and added to for commercial use
●  Public open space

Flint’s Park West (8.6ha)
●  315 residential units, or 180 residential units, a church/chapel and state-integrated
●  Public open space