The owners of Glen Dene Station are considering an appeal after they were declined resource consent to create a two-lot subdivision on their high country property, 4 kilometers north of the Lake Hawea township.
Richard and Sarah Burdon had applied to build a new residential building on the shores of Lake Hawea, in an area of outstanding natural landscape, and visible from parts of the lake and the Te Araroa Track.
The Upper Clutha Environmental Society was one of two submitters who opposed the application.
Secretary Julian Haworth said the society was delighted with the decision.
"Under the new (district) plan, development in an outstanding natural landscape has to be difficult to see.
"The society fought for this criteria to be included in the district plan where previously it only applied in the Wakatipu," Haworth said.
Commissioners Rober Nixon and Wendy Baker concluded that had they granted consent for the build there was potential for setting a precedent.
"We consider there is a potentially high demand for residential properties on the margins of lakes in this district, mainly where sites are readily accessible by road, as is the case here.
"We considered particular care needed to be exercised when contemplating the consequences of a grant of consent on a lakeside site in the rural zone within an outstanding natural landscape.
"Although finely balanced, we conclude that a grant of consent would have more than minor effects on the environment and that a grant of consent would have significant potential to create a precedent and undermine confidence in the integrity of the Proposed District Plan."
Riuchard Burdon said he believed the application met a lot of the standards on environmental and minor impacts.
"We believe the commissioners made a few mistakes with some issues and we are certainly looking into an appeal to the Environment Court," Richard Burdon said.
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