Busy summer of earthworks for new 81-lot subdivision

A busy summer lies ahead at the still unnamed 81-lot subdivision between Gladstone Rd North and Hagart Alexander Dr in Mosgiel.

Consulting surveyor Kurt Bowen, of Paterson Pitts, Dunedin, said the Dunedin City Council recently granted earthworks consent for the 6.6ha subdivision.

Mr Bowen is working on behalf of developer Murray Frost, of Minaret Resources Ltd.

Speaking last Friday, Mr Bowen was expecting consents for a large culvert across Owhiro Stream soon.

''There are several tail-end consents still coming through the various authorities.''

It would be at least a year until sections could be settled, but pre-sales opened about a month ago.

''There's quite a lot of construction to do.''

Earthworks would take all summer.

Then the civil infrastructure gets under way: road, drainage, and water.

The name of the development, as well as road and feature names, would draw on the Owhiro Stream theme.

''Everything will be linked to that nice Owhiro reserve, which we'll be doing a substantial amount of work to improve and to make more usable, as well.

''We intend to have quite a pleasant and attractive portal into the development across the Owhiro Stream.''

Section sizes ranged from about 550sq m to 750sq m.

Two Hagart Alexander Dr residents, who live either side of the entrance, objected to the development and the consent conditions addressed their concerns.

''[The developer] is required to make some improvements to address the issues around noise and traffic.

''I would say that they're probably not thrilled that the consent [for the subdivision] was issued ... but I am confident that once the development is complete the effects are not going to be as severe as they believe they might be.

''We think it's going to be quite a tidy looking and attractive and private development, so hopefully it will appeal to a wide range of people and families,'' Mr Bowen said.

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