This is in Paraparaumu west of the ‘Ewy’, but it could be the first of several similar — from Horse Paddock Action

The 1.9 hectare [4.7 acre] property at 240 Kapiti Road, known locally as the horse paddock, has recently been sold to property development company Gresham Trustee Limited.

Gresham Trustee Limited was incorporated on 1 April 2021 and is wholly owned by Kurt Roland Kerrison.

Resource consent is sought from Kapiti Coast District Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council for a 311-lot subdivision, 139 two-storey residential units and associated earthworks.

​The development is proposed to include:

  • 120 two-bedroom units, ranging from 72m2 to 75m2 in area
  • 19 three-bedroom units, ranging from 106m2 to 109m2 in area
  • 170 car parks
  • an internal private two-way road network
  • Communal open space.

Here’s a summary of concerns about the project

More plans here

What is proposed is a ‘Coronation Street’ concept, but without the support facilities – i.e. shops and other community facilities.

Some people have referred to it as, ‘a low-security prison type complex, without the controls and razor-wire – both in looks and layout’.

The Developer appears to be seeking a huge and disproportionate profit from this parcel of land – having little regard to the impact the development may have on the existing properties and surrounding communities.

An unanswered question is, will this development offer greater opportunities to first home buyers – or will it just offer further premises for property investors to rent?

This proposal is totally out-of-character with the surrounding sub-divisions and dwellings.

Halsey Grove is the last street to be developed within the ‘Regent Estate’ subdivision. Why spoil it with ‘medium density’ housing of this nature?

There’s no objection to the concept of medium density housing – but not on this scale within a well-established area. A suitably subdivided ‘controlled activity’ of some 26 residential lots could be undertaken on the subject site, fitting in with the already existing subdivisions.

There is nothing in the application which indicates any consideration or regard has been afforded the present and established residents of the area. The application continuously refers to the impacts of the development as being ‘minor’ – this is a total understatement! This is code used to obtain a non-notifiable consent which, if granted, will deny local communities any say in shaping this proposed development.

Present residents (particularly those whose boundaries abut the proposed development) will lose privacy, views, sun, green spaces, and the quality, peace and tranquility they presently enjoyand could still enjoy with a less invasive development.

For those properties on the boundary, this enjoyment will be replaced by an almost continuous 6.2m (over 20 foot) ‘wall’.

The loss of present property values does not appear to have been addressed at all. This could be considerable, is of great concern to the present residents, and should be carefully considered by the Council’s resource consent planners.

Not even nearby retirement/lifestyle villages (i.e., Seven Oaks, Kapiti Village, Summerset Paraparaumu, Midlands Gardens) incorporate a ‘medium density’ concept of this nature!

This type of proposal should be restricted to new areas, where it can be incorporated into the theme and planning of that area.

Vehicular access for possibly as many as 170 vehicles is conceivable:

One entrance/exit will ‘pour’ these vehicles into the adjoining subdivision, then lead onto already heavily used and congested main routes (Kapiti Rd, or Guilford Drive).At peak times, substantial delays already exist turning onto Kapiti Road, particularly when trying to turn right.

Pedestrian numbers – the proposal offers 297 bedrooms within the 139 units. Therefore it would be reasonable to assume between 200 and 400 new residents will occupy the complex.

Emergency and utility services access. The circular one-way roading system allows no room for a breakdown or blockage.