About Us

We have gathered an extensive team to support the creation of our affordable, sustainable communities.

Given the dynamic but unpredictable nature of development process, the team is engaged on a flexible basis rather than having a full-time Brookside office presence.

Our Team

The core staff in Nelson consists of:


Robin Le Couteur (robin”at”smallhome.nz) our IT and Sketch-up Wiz Kid who leads the charge on all CAD graphics.


Ian McComb (ian”at”brooksidevillages.co, +64 22 315 2592) herds cats for a living 

Tracey McComb (tracey@smallhome.nz) the Company Planning Manager (RMA and Community)

Debora Scholl Dos Santos (deb@smallhome.nz) our Administration Specialist

We also lean heavily on:

In Wellington and the Wairarapa:


Davis Cartwright Consulting (+64 274 149 164) who are our lead Landscape Architect and Urban Design Consultants

Simone Ammon undertakes a wide variety of promotional and support activities

Tomlinson & Carruthers Surveyors Ltd (+64 6 370 0800) who are managing the consenting and subdivision processes for us.

Company Vision

The aim of the Brookside Developments is to create high amenity, affordable and sustainable lifestyle environments for 30 – 150+ families that integrate with and enhance the existing community.
Growing food, supporting social contacts, strengthening art and culture are also part of the vision for each of the villages.
Small and tiny houses 110-35m2 are the focus of the developments with shared facilities to minimise the private house size needed by the residents.

Productive food gardens are a distinctive feature of our vision and include espaliered fruit trees, linear herb and vegetable gardens along paths, permaculture, and food forests.
Other onsite features could include: composting and recycling facilities, community BBQs, and public art.  The scope is only limited by the vision and energy of the residents and their friends.