Group to oppose plots’ development

A Queenstown Lakes District Council notice of application for resource consent hangs on the gate...
A Queenstown Lakes District Council notice of application for resource consent hangs on the gate of a rural property in Ballantyne Rd, which will be subdivided if resource consent is granted. Photo: Tim Miller.
An environmental group has indicated it will oppose the development of two plots of farmland on the outskirts of Wanaka.

Ballantyne Barker Holdings Ltd and Criffel Deer Ltd have applied for resource consent to subdivide land in Mt Barker  and Ballantyne Rds into rural residential lots.

Michael and Caroline Garnham,  of Wellington, are directors of both companies.

Both were unable to be contacted yesterday.

The pair want to subdivide 48ha of land near the Cardrona River in Ballantyne Rd into nine residential lots. Most of the land, about 40ha, would be used as a balance area and not be developed.

They have also applied for consent to subdivide about 6.8ha of rural land  in Mt Barker Rd, also near the Cardrona River, into three residential lots.There would also be a 46.7ha balance area as part of the development.

Each lot would contain only one residential building.Both proposals are likely to be heard in resource consent hearings, and the Upper Clutha Environmental Society has indicated it will oppose both consents.

Reports by Paterson Pitts planner Duncan White, which were submitted as part of the resource consent applications, found any impact on the landscape or the environment from both developments would be minimal. The proposed planting of native vegetation as part of the proposed development at the Mt Barker Rd site would enhance the visual and ecological values of the surrounding area,  Mr White said.

Upper Clutha Environmental Society spokesman Julian Haworth said the society was in the process of making submissions opposing both consents.

It is understood there will be submissions made in support of the development from some surrounding landowners.

The adverse cumulative effects of the development in the area were the reasons for the opposition, Mr Haworth said. 

There were already about 200 building platforms consented in the rural zone area east of Wanaka with many yet to be built on, he said. During proposed district plan hearings cumulative effects had been a "hot issue", Mr Haworth said.

Submissions on the two applications close on February 8.

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