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Consultation asks residents if the future will be ‘all’s well’, for Hornby, Hoon Hay and Halswell?

1 August 2007

Over 15,000 residents and property owners in South-West Christchurch will receive information this week about concept plans for managing growth and development of the area between, and including, Hornby, Hoon Hay and Halswell.

The concept plans are the culmination of three years research towards developing the South-West Area Plan (SWAP) and propose locations for new housing, roads, parks, waterways, employment centres, shops and community facilities.

Council Senior Planner Sarah Oliver says the concept plan being taken out to community consultation is the first major City Council plan to apply the principles of the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS) at the grassroots level.

“The UDS reconfirmed the south-west as a major urban growth area and projected more than 10,000 new households would be built in the area over the next 35 years”, says Sarah Oliver.

“The goal of the proposed South-West Area Plan is to manage this growth to enhance and preserve the quality of life that residents enjoy in the south-west, such as open space and good transport networks, while providing for more people to enjoy that lifestyle.”

The concept plans, available on the council website  and at libraries and service centres, integrate land-use planning with key infrastructure projects, such as the major sewer upgrade, strategic road projects (for example the Southern Motorway extension) and new community facilities (for example the new Halswell library).  

Public meetings are being held in Halswell and Wigram to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback about the concept plans. These meetings are:

  • Tuesday 14th August St Mary’s Church Hall, Halswell 
  • Thursday 16th August St Mary’s Church Hall, Halswell 
  • Tuesday 21st August Harvard Lounge, Wigram  
  • Thursday 23rd August Harvard Lounge, Wigram  

Detailed times and programme are available on the South West website.

Consultation on the concept plans close on 21st September 2007, after which the views of the community will be considered, options evaluated, and a draft Area Plan prepared. The draft Area Plan will be released for a further round of consultation in early 2008. Subject to community feedback, the City Council is expected to adopt the Area Plan in 2008.

For more information, residents and property owners are encouraged to attend the public meetings, visit the website or contact Customer Services, phone 941 8999 or email

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