NZ Urban Development news from the media | 2 August 2022 | Housing density changes in Christchurch delayed for more than a month due to sickness


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Housing density changes in Christchurch delayed for more than a month due to sickness

Changes that would allow much denser housing across most of Christchurch are being delayed.

The city council says staff winter illnesses including Covid-19 have hampered its efforts to get the new rules in place by the intended deadline of August 20.

John Higgins, the council’s head of planning and consents, said they wanted people to realise the new rules would be late in taking effect.

“We know there is a range of people – including property owners, architects, designers, and planning consultants – waiting for MDRS [medium density residential standards] to come into effect.


New building approved for Christchurch city hotel site sitting vacant for almost a decade

After sitting vacant for almost a decade, the former Holiday Inn site in central Christchurch is to get a new building.

The 14-storey Holiday Inn on the corner of Cashel and High streets, and an adjoining lower building facing High St, were both demolished in late 2012 because of earthquake damage.

The property’s owner, the Carter Group, has now received resource consent to rebuild.

The new building will have four storeys with shops at street level, an entry lobby leading to three levels of offices above, and an underground car park. It will be 18.5 metres high.

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