Plans for a single new house on the Otago Peninsula have
prompted concerns about the area's rural ambience being
Peninsula landowner Christine Chapman has applied to the
council for land use consent to build a home and garage on
1.3ha of rural land at 615 Highcliff Rd.
The site is on the edge of the existing Highcliff hamlet but,
because of its rural zoning, did not comply with Dunedin City
Council district plan rules.
The proposal - which was considered by the council's hearings
committee yesterday - attracted six submissions, including
Pieter, Sandra and Gavin Bloem, who run a neighbouring pig
farm, worried the development would set a precedent allowing
other vacant sites near their farm to be developed.
Eventually, that could lead to complaints from the new
occupants about the sounds and smells coming from their farm,
''Farming reality is different to what many people believe,''
they argued yesterday.
They wanted a covenant on the property preventing any
complaints against the pig farm's activities - something
planning consultant Allan Cubitt, representing Ms Chapman,
said could be considered.
Another submitter, Anthony Marcinowski, was also concerned
the area's existing rural ambience would be further
compromised by allowing the development of the site, located
in a landscape conservation area.
However, Save the Otago Peninsula spokeswoman Lala Frazer
made a submission in support of the proposal, saying clusters
of housing were preferable to isolated homesteads within
A report by council planner Jeremy Grey said the site's
location next to existing homes meant the area's rural
ambience would not be eroded.
He recommended consent be granted. The hearings committee
adjourned the hearing yesterday and a decision is to be
released in about two weeks.