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Property News: 13 November 2017

Trafalgar Park turf upgrade required

A water-logged Makos match has prompted the fast-tracking of a turf overhaul for Nelson’s Trafalgar Park.

Nelson City Council has approved a total refurbishment of the two-hectare surface, with work scheduled to begin on January 8.

Group manager of infrastructure Alec Louverdis said the renewal was initially planned for October last year. As a result of the city securing the All Blacks test against Argentina on September 8, the project was deferred until October 2018.

However, drainage concerns at the park were identified after several days of rain caused an exceptionally wet outfield for the Tasman Makos game against Auckland on October 8.

Following site examinations and discussions with turf experts, it was decided that delaying work on the pitch could jeopardise the successful hosting of Nelson’s first All Blacks match.

While the upgrade is expected to provide high-standard turf for the next decade, the decision to bring forward the renewal by around nine months has forced national premiership football at the city’s main sports stadium to seek a temporary alternative venue for home games.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 6 November 2017)

Region's population set to soar

The population of the Nelson-Tasman region is tipped to grow by between 11,000 and 25,000 residents to reach as high as 130,000 by 2043, requiring thousands of new homes.

In their second joint quarterly monitoring report on housing and business market activity, the Tasman district and Nelson city councils outline projected demand for 7300 dwellings between 2018 and 2043 in the "main urban area", which includes most of Nelson city, Richmond and Hope.

Tasman District Council’s growth demand and supply model assumes high series projections for Richmond and Hope during the first 10 years, followed by medium projections thereafter.

Based on that assumption, Richmond-Hope is tipped to grow by 2000 people with a requirement for 1600 additional homes between 2018 and 2043. Of the 1600 extra dwellings, 900 are expected in the first 10 years.

The Nelson City Council is also planning for growth under high series projections for the first 10 years and medium projections thereafter. That translates into an expected increase of almost 8800 people between 2018 and 2043, with demand for another 5700 homes over that time.

Councils in, or part of, "high-growth urban areas" were able to apply for the Government’s $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund to advance infrastructure projects.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 8 November 2017)

Camping hotspot may be blocked

Vehicle access to a controversial freedom camping spot in Golden Bay might be completely blocked after an out-of-control party and other disorder.

The Tasman District Council is seeking an amendment to the traffic bylaw to block all vehicle access by repositioning a gate to where the seal starts at Reilly St.

The area is a popular freedom camping spot, bordering the river behind the Takaka Memorial Library.

The site was occupied by up to 400 illegal freedom campers a night last summer. Another group, called the River Tribe, has also been living permanently along the riverbank in self-made structures, tents and tree huts.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 10 November 2017)

Helicopter house ready to land on auction block

Thanks to the generous donation of materials, time, and effort, Nelson’s helicopter house is ready for viewing after just six and a half weeks of construction.

The first open home will be tomorrow from 10am until 3pm. Open days will be held each weekend until the house is auctioned on December 9.

The three-bedroom home will be auctioned to raise funds for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Endowment Trust.

The auction date was originally going to be next weekend but has been pushed back to December 9, and now comes with the possibility of a plot of land 10 minutes from Richmond.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 10 November 2017)

Flow of Waimea dam plan info set to continue

Buoyed by the turnout at a series of public meetings, Water Information Network Inc members plan to spread more information about the proposed Waimea dam at Mapua, Rabbit Island and Richmond.

Water Information Network Inc (WIN) secretary, researcher and former Tasman District Council candidate Murray Dawson, said he was pleased with the number of people at the WIN organised public meetings in Richmond, Brightwater, Motueka, Collingwood and Takaka from October 30 to November 2.

It was estimated more than 500 people attended the gatherings including more than 175 at the Richmond meeting.

Meanwhile, the council is in the midst of its own series of "drop in sessions" and public meetings about the dam project.

Planned meetings for next week include the Mapua and Districts Community Association gathering on Monday evening, the Golden Bay Community Board meeting on Tuesday and the Moutere Hills Residents Association meeting on Thursday evening.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 10 November 2017)

Milestone for warm, healthy homes

A scheme reducing illness by keeping homes warmer has reached a milestone.

The Warmer Healthier Homes Nelson Tasman Marlborough (WHH NTM) project has been helping people in the top of the south since February 2014.

Last week saw the 750th customer benefiting from a warmer home.

Warmer Healthier Homes chair and creator Bill Dalberg said the contractor for the project, Absolute Energy, had to "gear up with more staff to keep up with our demand".

Supported by a team including the Nelson City Council, Rata, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, ECCA and Absolute Energy, residents are able to have their home insulated for half the cost or free, depending on their circumstances.

The initiative has also attracted corporate support from Port Nelson, Network Tasman Charitable Trust and Mainland Foundation with Dahlberg hoping more businesses will join in.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 10 November 2017)

Tiny homes to help solve big problem

Developers of a tiny house project in Nelson want to create an affordable community with communal features including a "food forest".

The initiative is the brainchild of Small Time Developments owner Ian McComb and Brook Valley landowner David Martin.

The idea for 20 or more small homes was approved by the Nelson City Council through the Special Housing Area process in September.

The tiny houses would be of varying sizes up to 100m2 on sections roughly twice the size. They would be built on or about one of the three hectares of Martin’s Blick Terrace property.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 11 November 2017)

Thought for the Week

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

(Gary Player)