Bridesdale soothes neighbour concerns


A prominent Queenstown councillor has apologised over a fast-tracked subdivision near Lake Hayes.

At a meeting on Tuesday between the Lake Hayes Estate Community Association and council, councillor Cath Gilmour apologised that neighbours hadn’t been consulted over the planned Bridesdale Farm development.

Gilmour tells Mountain Scene that “where we may have been most at fault was by giving the impression that we could give effective consultation”.

Queenstown Lakes District Council last month recommended Housing Minister Nick Smith declare the 147-section subdivision a special housing area (SHA).

The government streamlines the planning process for SHAs in order to encourage affordable housing.

Residents bordering Bridesdale complained the council ignored a condition of its own special housing policy by not consulting before sending it to the minister.

On Tuesday, developer Bridesdale Farm Developments Ltd agreed to meet immediate neighbours before applying for a resource consent.

Not only that, it will ask the council to notify the application to those same neighbours, Lake Hayes Estate Community Association chairman Ben Espie confirms his group was unhappy with the council for its lack of consultation.

However, he’s happy with the developer’s concessions and hopes a hearing commissioner will impose conditions that satisfy his members.