Consent issued for supermarket at subdivision

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File photo: Istock
File photo: Istock
By Rachel MacDonald

The proposed New World supermarket at the burgeoning Ravenswood subdivision has had its resource consent approved.

A spokeswoman for Ravenswood says it is anticipated construction will begin in the first four months of next year.

The building will incorporate green design measures such as recovering heat from the refrigeration systems for hot water, and rainwater harvesting. Resilience factors will include provision for on-site backup generators.

Ravenswood was rezoned as part of a plan change from rural to residential in 2015 to support growth in the Waimakariri District.

Overall, the Woodend area in which it is located is expected to see a 20-30 percent increase in population until 2048.

According to Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC), the population of the Woodend Pegasus area has already climbed 20 percent, and that was just in the five years after the earthquakes.

ENC data shows this will continue to grow, especially as Ravenswood comes online.

Pegasus, at full capacity, could house 4500 to 6000 people, depending on family sizes, and Woodend is on its way to a predicted 6900.

So, with another 4000 or so residents expected to be living in Ravenswood at completion, that brings the projected population to between 8740 and 10,000 by 2031, according to Statistics New Zealand, and potentially to 15,000 by 2043.

The initial driving force behind these numbers was the June 2011 red-zoning of earthquake-damaged land, which saw around 1050 households in Waimakariri and at least 5000 in eastern Christchurch forced to move.

Such a rise in population has already brought new businesses to the Woodend Pegasus area and has also driven growth in house prices, according to Statistics New Zealand.

In the year immediately after the earthquakes, house sales here also shot up by 44 percent, compared to a 5 percent drop across Canterbury and a 9 percent average rise across the country as a whole.

That figure grew to 52 percent in 2012, and was still up 2.3 percent in 2014, while residential sales figures nationwide decreased overall.