New development sections snapped up

From left, Welshy Contracting managing director Mark Davies, Strowan Fields business partners Paul Cunneen and Shane Kennedy and Strowan Fields sales rep Robert Harnett.

A new Ashburton property development is taking shape on the eastern edge of the town.

Strowan Fields subdivision is being built in five stages and so far sections have been scooped up as soon as they hit the market with the first four stages sold out and the fifth stage on the market now.

Canterbury based company Next Level Developments is behind the development.

Strowan Fields Ltd business partners Shane Kennedy and Paul Cunneen said Ashburton is a great town for new housing developments.

“The thing that really appealed to me was the amount of new commercial building that was going on in the town centre, I think that’s what drives population growth,” Mr Kennedy said.

Drainage pipework is being put down and the development is on track to have titles out for the first two stages around August this year.

Once completed there will be around 400 sections in the development.

“We have a range of section sizes from 450sqm to 800sqm, we’re just trying to have something for everybody.”

Mr Kennedy said it had been hassle free experience dealing with Ashburton District Council.

“Council have been great, I guess a project like this moves away from the boutique type subdivisions that tend to happen in Ashburton, this is giving good growth to the town, it offers a wide range of options from first home buyer to retirees, and a lot of interest from people off the farms who want to downsize.”

There will be recreational areas built in the new subdivision.

“We will have a beautiful reserve area with an existing waterway that went through the middle of the site, so that will be turned into a large reserve area with a playground.”

Mr Cunneen wanted to acknowledge the history of the land.

“The original name of the farm was Strowan, so we thought we would keep the connection with the name we chose.”

Family owned and operated Ashburton company Welshy Contracting is excited to be involved with the project.

Welshy managing director Mark Davies said the company will complete the earth works and ground foundations for the new development.

“We are very excited to be working with the Strowan Fields developers and working alongside other local contractors to complete this new subdivision,” Mr Davies said.

The company is using shingle from the north branch of the Ashburton River with Environment Canterbury (ECan) consent.

“We have been working with ECan since the river breached back in May. We then screen the shingle so it is ready to be used onsite.”

So far they have used around 14,000 cubes for stage one to bring up the ground level ready for the subdivision to be built.

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~ By Daniel Tobin