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    Central district council declines consent for Lowburn subdivision
    07 October 2005
    By EMMA DAWE

    A proposed five-lot subdivision at Lowburn, near Cromwell, has been refused resource consent by the Central Otago District Council.

    Last month, John and Barbara Hosie applied for consent to subdivide 82.87ha of their farm into five lots, with four of those being 2ha lifestyle blocks and the remaining 74.87ha being the farm.

    In their submission, the Hosies said they wanted to make better use of their least-productive farmland.

    The proposal attracted 14 formal submissions, with 12 against and two in support.

    Those against the subdivision said it would be visible from the nearby Packspur track, it would create more traffic on Burn Cottage Rd and it would create a precedent.

    The council agreed with the concerns and said the subdivision, which would result in concentrated development when viewed from the Packspur track and other high vantage points, would have an adverse effect on the landscape.

    It also said the Hosies promoted the proposal on the basis that the 8ha to be subdivided off the farm was the least productive part of the property.

    This justification could apply to many rural properties in the Upper Clutha Valley, especially where high areas were the least productive part of the farm property concerned.

    The council also said the four 2ha blocks, which were zoned rural, would most likely be used for rural residential or residential purposes, rather than bona fide farming.

    News source:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/southla...3a6568,00.html
    "There's one way to find out if a man is honest-ask him. If he says 'yes,' you know he is a crook." Groucho Marx
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