QLDC 'has nothing further to add' to appeal

The Queenstown Lakes District Council has offered no further evidence in the long-running Environment Court appeal against a decision to grant consent to Glendhu Bay golf resort developer Parkins Bay Preserve Ltd (PBPL).

Additional evidence regarding an environmental compensation package was provided by PBPL last month to help the company convince the Environment Court its development should proceed.

QLDC had an opportunity to respond to the new evidence, but had "nothing further . . . to add into that process", regulatory and corporate services general manager Roger Taylor said.

PBPL, a partnership of Glendhu Station landowners Bob and Pam McRae and Queenstown-based golf course designer and developer John Darby, wants to build a $75 million 18-hole championship golf course, a lakeside clubhouse, luxury lodge and accommodation units, and 42 residential homes on land at Parkins Bay on the southwestern shoreline of Lake Wanaka.

The golf resort's resource consent - granted by the Queenstown Lakes District Council in May 2008 - was appealed to the Environment Court by the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, the Upper Clutha Environmental Society and Wanaka holiday home owner Dennis Thorn.

An interim decision by the Environment Court in December directed the company to submit further evidence of mitigation and environmental compensation at the development's proposed site and address some of the appellants' concerns.

The appellants' response is required by August 19. The cut-off for rebuttal evidence from PBPL is September 23, before all evidence is lodged with the Environment Court by September 30, with a potential date for another court hearing to be confirmed.

- lucy.ibbotson@odt.co.nz



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