A proposed large dwelling near Wanaka which was deemed
unsuitable mainly because of its visual effect on users of a
nearby walking track has been approved.
Kate and Peter Martin applied last year for resource consent
to build a 536sq m dwelling and ancillary buildings on their
land at Little Mt Iron.
The property is in a rural general zone in landscape
classified as an outstanding natural feature.
None of the four opposing submitters raised visual, landscape
or amenity issues.
However, Queenstown Lakes District Council reporting planner
Richard Kemp recommended consent be declined, largely because
the visibility of the proposed dwelling from parts of the
neighbouring Hidden Hills public walking track would degrade
the experience of track users.
A hearing was held in October before commissioners Jane
Taylor and Leigh Overton, who recently released their
decision granting consent.
The commissioners said the proposed dwelling would be visible
within views that already included existing residential
development and several as-yet-unbuilt dwellings in the
Hidden Hills subdivision.
All potential adverse effects, particularly in relation to
landscape and visual amenity, would be adequately mitigated
by the design measures proposed by the applicant and by the
conditions offered or imposed, which included a volunteered
covenant preventing future development and an ecological
management and enhancement plan.
The positive effects arising from the proposal would have
''considerable compensatory value'', particularly in the
outstanding natural feature context, they said.
''The proposed dwelling will provide for the economic and
social benefit of the applicants while retaining and
enhancing the naturalness of the remainder of the site for