Objectors back in the mix

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Tucker Beach residents are celebrating a small victory in their fight to stop a farming family’s bid to allow a 200-home build on rural land.

Commissioners decided to strike out a group of residents’ objections to the Middleton Family Trust’s request to rezone land near Queenstown Hill, to enable the development, in August.

The group, incorporated as the Tucker Beach Residents Society after opposing the plans, has now been told its objection filed in relation to Queenstown’s council’s proposed district plan (PDP) has been reinstated.

Society chairman Will Hodgson says they’re “very pleased” with the decision over their opposition to the strike-out, and the group’s growing in numbers.

He says the society’s determined not to let the blip slow down their opposition to the family’s request.

“We fully support [the council] in its opposition to the Middleton proposal and will continue our efforts to protect the outstanding natural environment in the Tucker Beach area.”

The Middletons want to rezone a chunk of their land, between the Shotover River and Lake Johnson, as low-density residential.

The society argues Tucker Beach Road will need to cope with 9800 more vehicle movements a week if the build goes ahead.

Hearing panel commissioners looking into submissions on the PDP from various parties initially rejected the residents’ submission, concluding the unincorporated group that filed it wasn’t a “legal person”, as defined by the Resource Management Act.

A recent decision by an independent hearing commissioner found the group was made up of two or more people with a common aim, making it a “legal person”, and reinstated the submission.

joshua.walton@scene.co.nz