Another Queenstown developer’s applying to the government to fast-track their project — in this case, partly to speed up worker housing.

Earlier this month, Mountain Scene exclusively revealed a fast-track application’s gone in for a Coronet Peak gondola — spearheaded by
local-based tech entrepreneur Rod Drury — along with a village development.

This week, Gavin Moore, a partner in the large Silver Creek housing development above Frankton Rd, confirms they’re hoping to take advantage of the government’s Fast-track Approvals Bill to speed up changes to their masterplan and infrastructure work.

Council has approved their subdivision’s masterplan for 580 residential units.

However, for future stages they’ll comprise four-bedroom homes — three bedrooms plus a flat — that’ll sell for between about $2.4 million and $5m.

‘‘We’re trying to break that up a bit so we can get some workers’ accommodation, say 100 one-bedders’’ — that’d sell for about $400,000 to $500,000.

Moore says they could also apply to Queenstown’s council to amend their masterplan, but that would potentially take much longer than through the government’s new fast-track regime, if it goes ahead.

He adds the fast-track process would also speed up their infrastructure works, such as internal roading.

That’s because it would bypass council’s engineering acceptance process under its land development and subdivision code of practice.

Silver Creek, presently planned for 15 neighbourhoods, stretches 1.2km west to east from above Goldfield Heights to Middleton Rd.

Sections selling like hot cakes

First-home buyers in the main have snapped up sections in Silver Creek’s latest release.

Gavin Moore says 53 of the 55 sections in Sycamore Grove, priced between $520,000 and $780,000, have sold in short order — either through Bayleys Queenstown’s Jimmy Allen or their own sales & marketing manager, Peter Bennetts.

He says the sections range between 420 square metres and 695sqm.

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