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Nearly 200 sections to form community at Hansen Road

A new community is about to emerge through plans to develop nearly 200 residential sections in what will be the first neighbourhood development in Gisborne for more than a decade.

Oakview Investments Ltd is intent on providing the opportunity for “a fresh start” for people in Gisborne with completion of the first stages of its Oakview development by the middle of next year.

Sections range in size from 450 square metres to over 1000sqm.

Having already sold 52 sections privately, development manager Lennon Wiltshire said there was “strong interest” in the first public release, which comprises nine sections within the 19.8ha master-planned development on Hansen Road.

Mr Wiltshire said the intention for Oakview was to “create a vibrant new neighbourhood for people to live in and call home”, as well as help alleviate the city’s housing shortage.

“One of the problems that is continuously communicated to me is that businesses of all sizes who are locally based struggle to attract out-of-region talent to Gisborne due to the lack of suitable housing available.”

Mr Wiltshire said while the development would not be a gated community, covenants were in place to protect everyone’s investment.

“It will also ensure we achieve a good level of new housing stock for the region, which is needed.

“Oakview will essentially be a whole new neighbourhood for Gisborne once it is complete. We want everyone who lives there in the future to be ‘neighbourhood proud’ so we’re definitely going the extra mile in its development.

“The streets will be wide and open, the landscaping will be extensive and you will get a real sense of community when you drive in.”

Property covenants will include ensuring a single-level height restriction with a floor area of at least 140m2 (excluding garage or closed-in carport approved by Oakview), minor second-hand or relocatable dwellings will not be permitted, and building construction work cannot extend beyond the period of 12 months from the date of commencement of the work.

“Oakview has been designed to offer fantastic family living and all the makings of a thriving community to come,” Mr Wiltshire said. “Particular emphasis has been to develop lots that are generously-sized and family-friendly.

“Shared walkways, gardens and open green spaces have been carefully designed to provide outdoor recreation areas for residents to enjoy.”

Nine sections to go under the hammer on October 8

A future commercial precinct and recreational reserve are also planned.

“There is an area set aside for commercial zoning which will provide opportunity for a shop or café perhaps, something to cater for the residents and wider community.

“It will take a while for the population to grow to a point at which something of that nature can be supported, however, it can start off small and grow in unison with the resident population.”

The nine sections just released range from 700 to 730sqm and will be sold by auction through Bayleys Gisborne.

Further releases will follow.

Earthworks on the project started in June and were almost complete, Mr Wiltshire said.

The next phase is infrastructure works, which includes the installation of all utility services as well all road construction. Landscaping will follow soon after.

“We’ve got a resource consent, the plans are drawn and detailed design is near complete.”

Mr Wiltshire said the aim was to have titles issued on 76 properties by June next year.

The development will be the city’s first new housing development since the Sponge Bay subdivision about 10 years ago.

The nine released Oakview sections will go for sale at auction on October 8.

“Residential construction in Gisborne has been progressing at a rapid pace in recent years to keep up with the population growth,” Bayleys Gisborne salesperson Jenny Murray said.

“Oakview will go some way to helping deliver accommodation solutions to satisfy the ongoing demand from both home and section buyers. The residential zoning of Oakview in what was formerly a rural block is Gisborne District Council’s direct response to recognising that what was once farmland on the outskirts of town is now the solution for alleviating housing pressure in the region by making better use of underutilised land in such a prime location.”

Ms Murray said localised real estate sales data for Lytton West showed that a majority of property sales in the area over the past three years were categorised as “built homes” — reflecting the mature nature of the suburb and the rarity of bare sections coming on the market for sale.

“By contrast, the Oakview sections offer buyers the chance to have a new home built specifically to their personal tastes, budget and specifications.

“They are a complete point of difference, which is why demand for sections has consistently been so high since they first came on to the market.”

‘NEIGHBOURHOOD PROUD’: Oakview Investments Ltd development manager Lennon Wiltshire on-site at the new Oakview housing development on Hansen Road. In the background is the sole oak tree the subdivision is named after. Mr Wiltshire says the company wants everyone who lives there to be “neighbourhood proud.” Picture by Paul Rickard
future SUBURB: The residential development of this area of land at Hansen Road is turning a former sheep paddock into a near-200-house suburb. Picture supplied
SEEDS OF GROWTH: The Oakview subdivision pictured yesterday, which will eventually house almost 200 new homes. Picture supplied