Environment Court grants resource consent to Amberfield
13 October 2021
Master planned riverfront suburban community to move ahead
In great news for the development of Hamilton and the supply of high-quality homes and places to live in the city, consent has been granted by the Environment Court that now enables the planned Amberfield development in Peacocke to move ahead.
The consent provides for a 109-hectare, high-quality riverfront master planned suburban community with substantial natural character, open space provision, a town centre, and a planned range of high-quality standalone and medium density housing options.
The Environment Court decision is an important milestone, as it provides the certainty the development needs to proceed. It’s also great news for Hamilton, as new homes are badly needed in the city to cater for, and enable, its growth.
It is a big step forwards, as we can now progress a master-planned community that will help contribute to Hamilton’s future - and leave a lasting positive legacy for the region.
Development plans include a substantial 33.7 hectares of open space
This includes the creation of an interconnected network of parks and reserves with playgrounds, cycling and walking trails. The reserves will also deliver an important ecological function by providing habitat and movement corridors for the native pekapeka, or long-tailed bat. The reserve network will include a continuous publicly-accessible esplanade reserve along the 2.8km river frontage.
Light-sensitive design measures such as directional street lighting and low level planting to help screen car headlights from habitat areas will be integrated into the engineering and landscape design. Predator controls will also be implemented, including a ban on domestic cats.
A town centre will also be developed at the heart of Amberfield
Anchored by a supermarket, the town centre will provide local retail, food and beverage offerings to the community - and will service the wider Peacocke area.
On-site construction work for the first stage is expected to commence late-2022
We expect the first houses to be delivered by late-2024. The construction of the first stage of Amberfield is timed to coincide with the completion of a new bridge over the Waikato River and new roading network to service the wider Peacocke area. The new roading network will provide a direct connection from Peacocke to the CBD, Hillcrest and the eastern suburbs. It is anticipated that the bridge and surrounding roads will open mid/late 2023.
We anticipate some pre-sales being offered to the market ahead of construction.
We look forward to providing more details as we move ahead. Please sign up on our homepage to receive updates on our progress and for future sales information.