Friday 1st July 2011 1 Comment
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The proposed $160 million Christchurch golf academy and residential resort near Spencerville on the north-eastern outskirts of Christchurch has been given the green light and developers are hopeful that physical work can start in the next few months.
While there are still resource consents to be gained, ECAN’s withdrawal of an appeal against the Christchurch City Council’s acceptance of Private Plan Change 45 allows the development to go ahead on the 160-hectare site.
Over eight years and $12 milion has already been invested in the project and the developers are well advanced in their planning.
The academy and residential resort will include:
Thomas Na, spokesperson for the developers, said that he was delighted that they had finally received the go ahead.
“The academy and residential golf resort will be unique in New Zealand and Australia. It will be marketed throughout Australasia, North America, Scandinavia, Korea, Japan and China and will train students for careers in golf and golf administration.
“It will bring a strong financial boost to the area through the develoment phase, while the on-going benefits through employment and tourism will be substantial. We believe it will create postions for up to 120 full-time equivalents.
“We believe the total cost of building the academy and residential resort will be approximately $160 million. Other benefits will flow through increased publicity and marketing for Christchurch as well as tourism.
“Starting an undertaking of this magnitude is an important message to the world that Christchurch is back on its feet and not only starting the rebuilding process, but also embarking on exciting new developments,” he said.
The golf academy and residential resort has set aside 41 hectares of land beside the Styx River that is intended will be gifted to the City Council.
“The one area where we have worked hard with the different groups during the planning process is to ensure that there will be a significant environmental upgrade of this Styx wetland area.
“We will provide a restored and enhanced ecological corridor between the golf course and the Styx River which will include over $2 million of indigenous planting, a public walkway along the river, and a bridleway from the Styx River to Spencerville Road.
“This will not only be a development that golfers will enjoy, but a recreational playground for everyone with its walkways and tracks,” he said.
Benefits for Christchurch and the South Island include:
The creation of the Christchurch golf academy will ensure a significant environmental upgrade for the area and a more economically efficient use of the land resource than now, or ever likely under the present zoning. Amongst the benefits are:
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