Moorlands Estate comprise 404 acres that have been subdivided into 440 residential lots, each averaging approximately ½ acre, as well as 132 Town house lots. The Town house section of the Estate is known as The Glades. In sync with our eco-friendly focus, Moorlands Estate includes 100 acres of undisturbed landscape reserves, a nature park, kiddies’ playground and a clubhouse park with mini golf course.
The Glades (Townhouse lots)
The Glades comprises 132 town house lots. The lots have been fully sold out. Ninety two percent (92%) of the lots in this development are now transferred.
Moorlands Estate is fully sold out and the company is in the process of transferring the titles.
Moorlands is located approximately 4 km (2 ½ miles) to the south of Mandeville and 2 km (1 miles) north of the Moorlands camp site. The northern access to the property is from Perth Road. The property can also be accessed from the south via the Spur Tree Main road through the communities of Swaby’s Hope and Marlborough. The Estate is 163 hectares (400 acres).
Alumina Partners of Jamaica previously used Moorlands Estate for bauxite mining. All bauxite-mining operations ceased many years ago and the land was mainly in pasture with some rocky hillocks that are densely covered with mature trees. The mining pits have now become grasslands.
The marled roads that were once used for access throughout the property during the bauxite mining period have been incorporated into the development plan as the major traffic routes within the subdivision.
The grasslands on the property have an average elevation of 720m above sea level. The hillocks rise to an elevation of 750m. These hillocks are interspersed by the grasslands lending to the general character of an undulating terrain. There are no defined drainage routes on the property. Drainage is natural.
The main arterial roads have a 15m (50’) 2-way reserve, which has a 7.3m (24’) carriageway, green verge of 2.7m (9’) on both sides of the road as well as 1.45m (5’) sidewalks on either side of the road. This size main estate road will allow for large buses and vehicles to commute through and within the area as well as allow for any space allocation for bus stops or soft shoulders.
The 12m (40’) estate roads or local roads are designed to provide access from lots and then later intersect the main estate roads. The requirements for these roads are a 2-way carriageway of 6m (20’ green verge of 1.8m (6’) on both side of the road as well as 1.2m (4’) sidewalks on either side of the road. It is not intended that these roads become thoroughfares.
Open spaces are required to be designed for separate activities and varied users. Active open spaces are required as playgrounds for small children requiring supervision near their residence, and also for sport fields and community centre to facilitate large events. Passive open spaces are also required for nature parks and landscape reserves as a reprieve and contrast to the mass of hardened areas.
The Developers have allocated 28.85 hectares to be used for open space and recreation. This is divided into three (3) major zones to ensure centrality throughout the site. The northeastern facility will have a clubhouse and park, tennis courts, golf putting green and driving range, gazebos and sitting area, and a pond.
To the south and adjacent to the proposed educational site, will be another pond along with a large multi-purpose sports field. Bordering this open space will be a nature trail. This open space is aptly located adjacent to the proposed educational site and will act as a buffer for the residential areas and can also be used by the school when hosting events. The third open space comprises two major pockets along the JPS reserve. Access to them can be from the JPS reserve as well as from local roads. These are the passive open spaces.
The property currently has a cave that is located within one of the landscape reserve. It is proposed that a nature trail will be constructed leading to the cave. At or near the entrance to the cave will be a small camping site.
Of the 163 hectares within the project area, 92.35 hectares will be dedicated to residential development. Of this figure, 9.15 hectares are subdivided into 162 duplex townhouses. The average lot sizes for these townhouses are 12m by 33m. The balance of 83.20 hectares will be subdivided into 408 detached lots with average lot sizes of 1,860 square metres.
Each lot will have its own absorption pit for sewage disposal. Additionally, each lot will also have to construct its own water tank. A water storage tank has been installed to the east of the commercial site, which is to be used for irrigation. The retention pond to the north east of the property will be used to retain storm water run-off as well as for aesthetic purposes. An aerator fountain will be installed in the retention pond to maintain water quality.
Within the estate, there are 25.56 hectares of land that are considered inimical to development. This is because these areas are best kept in their existing form to protect the land from any erosion or degradation. Further, they can also pose environmental hazards, such as landslides, if disturbed. These areas are the hillocks with dense vegetation, which cannot be disturbed. Included in the 25.56 hectares are 2.06 hectares for the Jamaica Public Service power line reservation.
Commercial Area & Estate Services
The main entrance of the property, comprising of approximately 1.09 hectares, is to be used for commercial development and estate services. The proposed businesses will provide a permanent potential economic base and source of employment for the community. The estate services will provide the maintenance and utility framework for the property, such as security and garbage collection. An office for the management of the Estate is located in this area.
- Kiddies’ playground
- Clubhouse Building
- Nature Park & hiking trail
Efforts are been made to have these amenities install, or commence work as set out below.
- Kiddies Playground – Seventy five percent (75%) completed. Propose completion date September 2013.
- Clubhouse Building – Plans approved by Manchester Parish Council. Construction of building underway forty percent (40%) completed, proposed completion date June 2014.
- Nature Park & Hiking Trail – Construction underway work fifty percent (50%) completed. Projected completion date December 2013.
- Sportsfield – Ninety percent (90%) completed, proposed completion date September 2013.
Townhouse Development (The Glades)
- All major infrastructure works are now completed
- Verges landscaped, trees and shrubs planted.
- Work on the hard court is to commenced, completion is slated for September 2013
- The entrance columns are to be constructed in June 2013 and the electronic barrier will be installed by September 2013.