Rolleston a hotspot for growth
by Anonymous Author
Rolleston, Selwyn’s largest town, continues to boom and welcome new businesses and residents.
Rolleston’s population is currently around 15,000 and its success owes a lot to its location which favours both commercial and lifestyle options.
The town is just a short commute to Christchurch and construction of an extension to the Southern Motorway is now underway and when the new route is completed in early 2020 this is expected to reduce travel times at peak periods from around 30 to 15 minutes.
Rolleston is also located next to a rail line, State Highway 1, and is well located to access Christchurch Airport.
The ports of Tauranga and Lyttelton have recognised the town’s excellent strategic location and located inland port operations there.
Rolleston’s Izone Southern Business Hub is New Zealand’s largest fully consented and development-ready industrial park. It covers 188 hectares, with only 9.6 hectares of land remaining unsold. Currently more than 70 businesses employ 1,260 people with a further 800 jobs forecast to be created when the park is fully developed.
Rolleston is part of the Southwest Christchurch ‘Regional Hotspots’ — one of ten regional hotspots identified by economic analysts Infometrics in a 2016 report.
The population of Southwest Christchurch is expected to nearly double by 2023. Southwest Christchurch covers Selwyn’s north-west and northeastern areas and includes areas of the townships of Rolleston, Lincoln, Prebbleton, Kirwee and West Melton Rolleston It also includes parts of Wigram, Yaldhurst and Halswell in Christchurch City.
The report identifies that the drift of business activity towards Christchurch’s west combined with development of the Southern motorway makes Southwest Christchurch an attractive place to live, with Rolleston as a core contributor to growth in this area.
Rolleston also offers a relaxed lifestyle with many new high quality homes, new facilities like the Selwyn Aquatic Centre and easy access to Selwyn’s outdoors. Rolleston can claim to be New Zealand’s school building capital — with four new schools opened since 2015.
Foster Park, which is currently under development, will also become one of Rolleston’s major attractions. A number of sports fields have already been developed, along with new paths, and a destination playground is also planned at the park.
Growth in Rolleston shows no sign of slowing down with resource consents issued for around 1,200 new sections issued in 2016 in a Special Housing Area under the Selwyn Housing Accord.
The special housing area includes two areas in east Rolleston.
Building consent activity continues to be strong in 2017. Rolleston’s development makes a significant contribution to Selwyn’s growth. Selwyn’s population has grown from 33,000 in 2006 to 56,000 today.
Construction of a new complex where The Warehouse, Noel Leeming and Warehouse Stationery will be based has started on Masefield Drive, adding to Rolleston’s range of shops. A new shopping complex also recently opened in Faringdon, offering a range of food choices, a convenience store and fashion store.
Looking to the future, plans have been approved to develop part of Rolleston Reserve to allow new shops and community facilities to establish.
The development of retail and commercial spaces could start from 2019 depending on interest from developers and the process to relocate existing sports activities to Foster Park.
The reserve is also identified as the future home for a new library which is also planned to be completed by 2019.
The remaining half of the reserve will remain as green space and be developed over time into an iconic park close to shops and community facilities.
The existing playcentre, scout facility, tennis and netball courts will remain at the reserve.