Subdivision consent applied for

An 82-lot subdivision is planned for Mosgiel, but another subdivision in the town has been rejected by the Dunedin City Council hearings committee.

Wanaka-based developer Murray Frost, of Minaret Resources Ltd, has applied for consent to create a subdivision on 7.5ha of land between Gladstone Rd North and Hagart Alexander Dr.

The plan is to develop the about 700sq m sections in stages and the developer is seeking consent to do the work over 10 years.

Consultant surveyor Kurt Bowen, speaking for the developer, told the Otago Daily Times the land, zoned residential 1, had not been developed earlier because it was effectively ''landlocked'' by a railway line, a creek, Brooklands retirement village and the Owhiro Creek reserve.

Access to the land had always been difficult but the developer had reached an agreement with a property owner on Hagart Alexander Dr.

If the subdivision was approved, that house would be removed and an entrance to the site created opposite Beech St.

If approved, the new subdivision would add to Mosgiel's building boom.

Last month, the Taieri Times reported about $70 million worth of homes had been built in Mosgiel since January 2012, with 227 consents to build issued.

The new application comes as a council hearings committee last week rejected a proposal to subdivide land in Wingatui owned by the Otago Racing Club.

The consent was denied on the grounds residential subdivision was non-complying in the Dunedin district plan and to allow it could set a precedent for further development.

The racing club was disappointed with the decision but had yet to decide if it would appeal.

The club applied to rezone an area along the racecourse's frontage on Gladstone Rd north from rural to residential, allowing for the creation of 11 lots for housing.

Of 16 submissions made on the application earlier this year, 13 were in opposition.

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