Castle on Hill for High Court
Posted at 6:00am Thursday 05 Nov, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll firstname.lastname@example.org
Penrith Park Drive residents objecting to a massive build on the skyline above the lake are taking their concerns a step further.
The build in question exceeds the visual amenity line by 1.9m and is visible from the entirety of Penrith Park Drive, in breach of
planning rules for the subdivision that were
laid down in the late 1990s.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) approved the build
of the "castle on the hill," which was non-notified.
A spokesperson for the residents said the group was "looking seriously at applying for a judicial review. The High Court will look at whether the consent should have been issued and should have been notified," he said.
"And if they find the consent should have been notified the Court would declare it invalid and the owners of the house would have to apply again. And certainly in a notified application."
The outcome would be "two-tiered," he said. One result would be that the build did not set a precedent for the area. The ideal result would be that the height of the two-storey building would be reduced to a single story.
"There are challenges to that as it's built from steel and concrete slab," the spokesperson said.
The group intended to notify the council and the owners of the build of their intentions this week.
Read edition 999 of the Wānaka Sun here.