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Property News: 28 January 2019

Intersection to get an upgrade and underpass

A new underpass and intersection upgrade, worth a total of $3.35 million, are planned for a busy Richmond road to help cyclists and pedestrians navigate it safely.

The underpass is slated for Champion Rd while its intersection with Salisbury Rd is set for an upgrade.

Funding for the project looks likely to include $325,000 from Woolworths New Zealand, the owner of Countdown supermarkets, which plans to build a new store beside the increasingly busy Champion Rd intersection roundabout.

The project is being led by Tasman District Council.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 21 January 2019)

Owner hit with fine for illegal barn conversion

A man who converted a barn on his Mahana property into a habitable dwelling without a building consent has been fined more than $10,000.

Gary Francis Reilly appeared in the Nelson District Court on Wednesday to face a charge of carrying out work without a building consent.

A summary of facts showed that Reilly and his wife purchased the Mahana property in December 2016.

In November 2017, the Tasman District Council granted the couple a resource consent to build a barn on the property, on the basis that it would not be a habitable building.

The barn now had a kitchen, a bathroom, a mezzanine floor and a log burner installed, with all of the work, including the plumbing, done by Reilly himself, despite him not being a registered plumber.

Reilly was convicted and fined $10,500.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 25 January 2019)

More water curbs as dry spell lingers

Water restrictions are starting to bite in both Nelson and Tasman as hot, dry, windy conditions keep river levels low.

Watering lawns and topping up swimming pools will be prohibited in settlements on and around the Waimea Plains from Monday, and Nelson households drawing directly from streams or wells must stop non-essential water use from yesterday.

Nelson residents relying on water from the Wakapuaka, Teal and Lud rivers, and Todd Valley, Poorman Valley and Hillwood streams, must only use water for essential purposes, including firefighting, normal household use, and watering animals. No watering of crops or gardens, or washing of cars, houses or driveways will be permitted.

Houses relying on the Nelson City Council reticulated supply are not facing restrictions yet but are asked to use water wisely.

Tasman District Council dry weather task force convener Dennis Bush-King said that with no meaningful rain relief expected, water restrictions would be extended from stage one to stage two from Monday.

Stage two restrictions, a cut of 35 per cent in permitted allocations, would apply in the Upper Catchment, Reservoir, Waimea West, Delta, Golden Hills and Upper Confined Aquifer zones on the Waimea Plains.

‘‘Stage one restrictions, a 20 per cent cut, will apply in the Lower Confined, Hope Gravels, Motupiko and Moutere Western Groundwater zones, and water users taking directly from the Moutere River will have to cease pumping,’’ Bush-King said.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 25 January 2019)

Preschool reopens at embattled centre

A Nelson preschool has reopened, after being forced to close due to financial difficulties.

Tahunanui Community Preschool opened for the year on Wednesday, after a swift decision to keep the early childhood education service running at the site of the suburb’s embattled community centre.

Management of the preschool was taken over by the Nelson Tasman Kindergarten Association earlier this month, after the society that governed the preschool and the adjoining Tahunanui Community Centre reported losses of more than $100,000 in less than a year.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 25 January 2019)

School-age population tipped to take off

The Ministry of Education is preparing for the possibility of thousands of additional school pupils as housing development escalates around Richmond, near Nelson.

Enablement and support sector deputy secretary Katrina Casey said the ministry had considered the residential developments planned over the next 30 years, ‘‘which could result in around 2400 students at the high end of our projections in the Richmond area’’.

Casey’s comments come as The Fields, a 71-lot development in Richmond West, takes shape. The developer of The Fields also has plans for an adjacent 472-lot build. Including planned residential builds by other developers, it has been estimated that Richmond West could deliver 1445 new dwellings, making it bigger than Brightwater and Wakefield combined.

More development is under way or planned at Richmond South.

Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne said for the strategy to be successful ‘‘we need to think decades ahead but also provide a means of coping with the change we may not foresee’’.

The consultation document and feedback form is available online or at council offices or libraries.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 January 2019)

Greenmeadows centre open at last

Greenmeadows centre is occupied, operational, and on its way to being fully completed in good quality.

A contractor working on the centre said Watts and Hughes look to have ‘‘upped their game’’ and improved the work on site.

The project, originally tendered for just under $5 million was subject to delays and budget blowouts throughout the course of its construction.

The current cost of the project is just over $7m.

Stoke Tennis have occupied their rooms since early December, and Nelson Cricket hosted their first event, the Holiday Carnival junior cricket tournament, last week.

Nelson Cricket general manager David Leonard said Nelson Cricket was leasing a space in the centre for the summer to host various events.

The construction of the building is still be finished, but the council’s latest update says most remedial work in the club rooms is complete, and after a building inspection the external cladding will also be completed.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 26 January 2019)

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