More information and further consultation has been requested
from the couple behind a proposal to set up a hot tub
business in Fernhill.
At the Queenstown Lakes District Council's community services
committee meeting last week, councillors decided to request
further information rather than accept the recommendation to
grant a lease to MacPherson Hot Tubs.
Hamish MacPherson, who is applying to operate 12 hot tubs
surrounded by native bush on around 33.7ha of land below the
Heritage Villas, was present at the committee meeting.
Councillors had concerns the wood-fired hot tubs could be a
fire risk and they requested a tree assessment to be done.
A visual impact assessment has also been requested, which
would assess whether smoke would be visible, and councillor
Jude Battson asked Mr MacPherson whether he would consider
making the business smoke free.
He said this would be considered, as would making the hot
tubs gas powered.