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Masterplanning: Ladies Mile, stretching between Lake Hayes and the Shotover River

By GUY WILLIAMS

A masterplanned 12-section residential subdivision proposed for a Ladies Mile site has received a unanimous thumbs-down from affected parties.

The unnamed proposal was lodged by Queenstown Commercial Ltd in October for the roughly one-hectare site, which backs on to Lake Hayes Estate (LHE).

It would be accessed off Howards Drive via a new private road.

The company, linked to Queenstown Country Club developer Sanderson Group, requested its application be publicly notified.

All 16 submissions on the proposal, including one from Otago Regional Council, have come back this month opposed.

The submissions are all from affected parties — people and organisations deemed by the council to be potentially affected were the development to proceed.

Most are residents of Howard’s Dr and LHE’s Sylvan Street.

The company’s application shows sections ranging in size from 518sqm to 910sqm, with an existing house on one of them to be retained.

The site’s hidden from view by a large grove of chestnut trees on an adjoining council-owned property, but overlooks LHE’s Sylvan St to the south.

Section buyers would be obliged to build houses with prescribed designs, similar to those going up on the other side of Howards Dr at the Queenstown Country Club.

The council’s yet to set a date for a public hearing on the proposal.

At a community meeting last week about the council’s Ladies Mile masterplan, local mayor im Boult said he wouldn’t support any further development in the area till there was a ‘‘suitable and logical’’ transport plan for dealing with its traffic congestion issues.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz