Development group JT Ross has plans for up to 300 homes as part of a residential, office and residential development on Hilton Avenue in the KZN town of Hilton.

A MASSIVE new multimillion-rand development is on the cards for Hilton, to be built on 23 hectares of a former Mondi gum plantation.

Durban property development group JT Ross has planned a neighbourhood retail/residential development along Hilton Avenue, en-route to Hilton College and adjoining Garlington Country Estate and the Wedgewood eco-housing estate.

Grant Smith, development director of JT Ross, said the project had been designed as an upmarket retail, office and residential neighbourhood with a contemporary town centre offering “high street” shopping.

The Hilton New Town Centre development is likely to include, initially, 8 000m2 of “neighbourhood” retail, 11 000m2 of office space phased in over five to 10 years, with the remaining portion of the property dedicated to upmarket free-standing homes and flats, or “apartments”, surrounded by landscaped gardens, walkways and greenery.

Currently, there is little scope for residential development in Hilton: most properties are older and larger, the majority being out of the financial reach of first-time buyers.

The new development’s gated residential area will appeal to those looking for upmarket yet more affordable living – and lock-up- and-go apartments will be equally appealing to new buyers.

“We envisage a type of piazza down the centre of the retail area, with lots of green spaces,” said Smith. “We are taking the concept of a country village to another level.”

As far as services go, there will be direct supply from Eskom, and “a sewer pump with reticulation into the new sewer mains”. 

“We are also exploring a grey water reticulation scheme, being mindful of the fact that we need to be more responsible and resourceful.”

The development will be in two phases, and building is anticipated to start in the middle of next year. JT Ross is looking at establishing about 300 homes on the property. 

Smith said: “Hilton New Town Centre will be developed taking into account the appealing environment, being mindful of the bigger implications, and appreciating the surroundings.”

Loads of sunlight, spacious courtyards, wide, tree-lined boulevards, and a pavement-café type feel would allow people to enjoy the spectacular environment.

“This will be a safe space for families and children. While we believe that village living must adapt to the changing times, we want to make sure the community is comfortable with our plans. 

“We really want people to feel included in what we believe is going to be an asset for the residents of Hilton,” he said.