Neighbours in building site dispute

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 05:00 11/03/2014
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A former Southland District councillor has applied to subdivide her property but neighbours say the proposal will be in "blatant conflict" with the district plan.

Te Anau woman Diane Ridley, who was a district councillor for 18 years and chairwoman of the council's resource management committee for five years, has applied to subdivide her property and build a platform for a future dwelling near the town.

The platform will be within 150 metres of two other buildings, which is not allowed under the district plan. As such, Mrs Ridley has applied for a discretionary land use consent to build the platform.

A report by Southland District Council resource management planner Marcus Roy says the council had appointed an independent commissioner to hear the application because of Mrs Ridley's former council role, and recommends the approval of the consents, but with conditions.

The hearing begins in Te Anau today withtwo submissions received, one in conditional support and one opposed.

"The proposed building platform. . . will NOT meet the minimum 150m separation requirement as a permitted activity and therefore the land use becomes a discretionary activity," the report says.

The report notes the main issues raised by submitters include breach of the district plan, visibility of a new dwelling from public spaces, noise, and privacy.

The Ridleys' neighbours, David and Harriet Hamilton, have opposed the application, saying in their submission the new dwelling would be in "blatant conflict" with the district plan.

The dwelling would be 81.87 metres from the Hamilton's home, and 53.94m from the Ridleys' home, the submission says.

"The proposal breaches the 150m rule in both directions . . . it will put three dwellings in a 161m stretch . . . we are utterly devastated by this proposed dramatic erosion of our rurality and privacy."

The Hamiltons breached the 150m rule in 2008 when they built a cottage on the boundary of their property. In their submission, the Hamilton's say their breach was minor compared to the Ridleys' proposal.

Mr and Mrs Hamilton declined to comment, as did Mrs Ridley.

 

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