The Clutha District Council’s development, Plantation Heights, on the northern slopes of Balclutha, received a boost recently.
It has moved a step closer to fulfilment with the releasing of titles covering the second stage of the housing development.
CDC chief executive Steve Hill said the process of converting seven original lots on Monterey Drive into 14 new sections was all part of the planned second stage of the land development programme for Plantation Heights.
“Council made this decision because of the high demand for the existing lots, recognising that if we didn’t act we would lose the opportunity to increase the intensity and help meet demand for new housing.”
Council could hold those seven lots together, but splitting them into 14 lots would help ease the available housing and land shortage situation in Balclutha, Mr Hill said.
The recent open days held by the auctioneers were well attended and council was very aware of significant interest through the bidding process which finishes on February 15.
Clutha District Council mayor Bryan Cadogan said the flurry of section sales in recent months had heralded the imminent and successful completion of the project and underlined the unprecedented demand for further development in Clutha.
“The few remaining sections are quickly being grabbed and the stimulus and confidence the subdivision has injected into our local economy must be replicated with haste because lack of housing running in tandem with lack of staff is proving to be a huge impediment to our district’s economic performances,” Mr Cadogan said.
He added that discussions in recent weeks with many of their major employers had all centred on the desperate need for more housing and the council’s collective attention needed to be focused immediately on the issue.