Final consents sought

Thirty-three more sections are proposed within Wanaka's sought-after Meadowstone subdivision, the ''last of the last'' for the development.

In two separate resource consent applications, Willowridge Developments Limited has applied to develop stages eight and nine of Meadowstone, in which nearly 500 homes have been built since 1993, when the original 24 sites sold for around $40,000 each.

The 18 sections in stage seven, being developed on the corner of Old Station Ave and Mt Aspiring Rd, sold out in one day in January for $249,000 each.

Stage eight proposes 11 lots in Stonebrook Dr and Hyland St, next to the existing Meadowstone Villas.

It is non-complying in that some lots do not meet minimum size requirements.

The lots range from around 470sq m to 1070sq m.

Two lots were pre-sold following the high demand for stage seven, Willowridge director Allan Dippie said.

The company planned ''something quite sexy'' for stage nine, comprising 22 lots at Kelliher Dr.

''We're building a really upmarket little enclave for people that want to downsize their Meadowstone sections and go into a smaller lot ... it's the last of the last [in the subdivision].''

Land use consent is sought to apply new performance standards relating to height, setback and building coverage for all 22 lots, which range in size from 440sq m to 725sq m.

The land is zoned rural lifestyle but has always been earmarked by Willowridge for more intensive residential development than provided for in the district plan.

While, overall, stage nine's density would be that of the low density residential zone, some sections would be smaller than the minimum permitted in the zone.

The land on which Meadowstone is located was originally part of Wanaka Station, farmed by the Sargood family from the early 1900s.

lucy.ibbotson@odt.co.nz