Wānaka Sun       

Station owners apply for extra house

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 27 Aug, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

The building of an extra house in an area of outstanding natural landscape would set a precedent for unwanted development said the Upper Clutha Environment Society at a hearing last Wednesday.

The application for a two-lot subdivision on the shore of Lake Hāwea is being considered by independent commissioners Bob Nixon and Wendy Baker, who intend to make a decision within 15 days. The subdivision would create a new site for a house beside the existing Glen Dene Station homestead on the Hāwea- Makarora Highway.

The house would be visible from the lake and the Te Araroa Trail, and if the application was granted could lead to further houses being consented, the hearing was told.

Applicant Glen Dene Station owner Richard Burden told the hearing " the lake is often found without a single boat ... this part of the lake does not have much activity". When asked whether he had considered other sites for the house, he said “not really.” There were no other suitable “hollows” for a house, he said.

Glen Dene counsel Graeme Todd conceded that if someone was on the lake, they would be able to see the development.

"In terms of context, however, it's important that it is taken into account that it would be viewed from a very small portion of an overall public place,” Todd said.

The Society filed opposing the application citing adverse visual, amenity and natural landscape value effects.

Giving evidence for the applicant, landscape planner Ben Espie said the house would be screened from the highway by vegetation and from a distance of two kilometres would be invisible.

Commissioner Nixon said "I wonder if a consent on lot one (of two) would create a situation for one or two more building platforms between the one that is proposed and the applicant's homestead?”

Mr Espie agreed adding a new dwelling was accumulation.

"But I think that cumulative effect in this case is pretty low," he said.

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