Hopes of resolving dispute

Wanaka Community Board chairman Lyal Cocks hopes the Damper Bay resource consent case can be resolved without going to the High Court for a judicial review but yesterday he could not reveal how negotiations with the developer were going.

Damper Bay Estates Ltd is a company associated with businessmen Trevor Farmer and Craig Heatley, both of Auckland, and Mark Taylor, of Queenstown.

The company has applied for resource consent to build six lakefront houses but is at odds with the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Otago Regional Council over a nearby walking track.

The QLDC considered the issue with public excluded at its meeting on Tuesday.

Cr Cocks confirmed afterwards he hoped a court case being brought by Damper Bay Estates Ltd could be avoided and that the three parties could resolve issues as soon as possible.

"I am not allowed to talk about it. The second part of the resolution was not to make public the resolution," Cr Cocks said.

The third party in the dispute is the Otago Regional Council.

QLDC corporate and regulatory manager Roger Taylor said he hoped to provide more information in two weeks' time.

A campaign by the Upper Clutha Environmental Society drew 110 submissions opposing the Damper Bay development.

One of the resource consent issues is the visibility of the houses from a walking track jointly built by the two councils.

The judicial review has forced independent resource consent commissioner Trevor Shiels to put the resource consent application on hold.