Housing development in Christchurch slammed by residents as 'cheap and characterless'

The construction of two housing developments in Christchurch is being criticised by residents who say it's "undermining our lifestyle".

Wolfbrook Property Group is developing two sites in the suburb of St Albans - on Mersey and Westminster Sts - after being granted resource consent.

But residents are opposed to it and have expressed their disappointment in a petition submitted to the local community board. 

The petition, signed by more than 40 people, says residents believe the development "will have a major detrimental impact on the visual amenity and character of the area".

"They chose an architectural design that is of massive bulk, ugly, cheap, and characterless.

"We ask [the] council to take back the power that such developers have over our environment and to demand future developments use architecture that enhances and is sympathetic to its locality."

Residents aren't the only ones opposing Christchurch housing intensification, with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and city councillors jumping on board. 

"Great to have the support of the Mayor and full council to discuss our concerns about the quality of housing intensification in Christchurch," councillor Tim Scandrett said on Facebook.

Wolfbrook says there will be six "architecturally designed" two-storey townhouses on Mersey St land. 

"47 Mersey St is [a] quiet tree-lined street in the heart of St Albans yet less than 5km to the centre of Christchurch," the company says on its website.