The Environment Court has rejected an appeal against an
application by a Ripponvale couple to retain their existing
home as accommodation for workers or travellers after they
build a new house on the property.
The Environment Court was correct in issuing consent for the
proposed Wakatipu Pak 'n Save supermarket ahead of the final
decision from a separate court hearing on the zoning of the
Frankton Flats, the owner of Pak'n Save, Foodstuffs, said.
A potentially precedent-setting Environment Court case begins
in Christchurch today with coal mine developer Bathurst
Resources facing legal challenges from Forest and Bird to
stop strip mining for coal on the Denniston plateau above
Westport, on the West Coast.
Land suitable for industrial use was in "extremely short
supply" in Queenstown and siting a Pak'nSave supermarket and
a Mitre 10 Mega store on such land is not appropriate, the
Queenstown Lakes District Council says.
Another hurdle has fallen for West Coast coal miner Bathurst
Resources, angering environmentalists, with the news the
effects on climate change will not make the agenda of
forthcoming Environment Court resource consent challenges.