New Brighton housing development

Three new blocks of land in New Brighton are up for grabs for new housing development.

He Puna Taimoana. New Brighton Hot Pools

The next step in the ongoing regeneration of Christchurch’s seaside suburb, the New Brighton land parcels are on Beresford Street, one street over from the town’s main street and close to the seafront.

Expressions of interest in the development of the three blocks of vacant land closed in late August. The latest offerings follow good progress on the nearby Seaview housing development on the northern side of the mall. That site has been cleared in preparation for 50 new homes.

ChristchurchNZ General Manager Urban Development Cath Carter says a real buzz is building in New Brighton.

“He Puna Taimoana has proved a huge success for the suburb, with visitor numbers in its first year of about 120,000 smashing expectations. The hot pools café is also being used as a new events venue, with 40 tourism business leaders recently attending a business development function.

“More people are heading out to the seaside, enjoying the pools, taking the kids to the new playground and making the most of local businesses and cafes.

We’ve always known that the key to the successful regeneration of New Brighton would be people: the more people we can bring to the heart of the suburb the more businesses will thrive and it will become more attractive to visitors,” she says.

“With the public projects a big success, and business landowners beginning to make improvements, the final phase is the development of housing within walking distance of all the exciting new developments. Work is well underway on Seaview Road and we’re now releasing a significant block of land on Beresford Street,” she says.

Alongside the Seaview Development, work is pushing ahead on the creation of a community-led arts hub in the former Roy Stokes Hall. Twenty-five proposals have been received from potential tenants as part the pilot programme to create the Art and Community Hub, with a business case being led by Life in Vacant Spaces.

Carter says there is already strong interest from developers in New Brighton land parcels as the city experiences a strong property market. “We’ll be working with the successful parties to confirm a medium-density residential development that will get underway as soon as possible.”

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