King Salmon 'bought opponents' property'

22:30, Oct 11 2012

NZ King Salmon had bought the Ngamahau Bay property of people who objected to its proposal to set up a farm near the property, the company's planner Sarah Dawson said yesterday.

Ms Dawson made the information public during cross-examination by Marlborough District Council lawyer Steven Quinnat the Environmental Protection Authority's board of inquiry hearing in Blenheim yesterday.

The board is considering an application by King Salmon to set up eight new salmon farms, some in areas of the Marlborough Sounds where marine farming is prohibited.

When asked about what assessment she had done of properties in Ngamahau, she said the Ngamahau property of the Gledhills was now purchased by King Salmon, but then immediately retracted that, saying she had no idea what the arrangement was, other than an arrangement had been made.

"Agreement has been reached with the owners of that property and I have given no regard to that property since then."

The Marlborough Express reported in August that four submissions against NZ King Salmon plans to develop new farms in the Marlborough Sounds were withdrawn after the company reached an agreement with objectors Lawrence and Petrice Gledhill, of Picton.

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The Gledhills submitted against the company's application to develop a new salmon farm in front of the family's bach and fishing base at Ngamahau, on Arapawa Island. In April, Mr Gledhill told the Marlborough Express that the proposed farm would ruin their view, destroy their privacy and devalue the property.

King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne said the Gledhills explained their concerns and a mutually beneficial agreement was reached. The location of the proposed Ngamahau farm in Tory Channel was not being moved.

Mr Gledhill said in August that the agreement between the parties was confidential.

Neither Mr Rosewarne nor Mr Gledhill could be contacted yesterday.

The Marlborough Express