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January, 2019

A resource consent hearing to determine an application for a new
championship golf course near Arrowtown will be held next month.

Hogans Gully Farming Ltd, owned by Sir John Davies' company Trojan
Holdings, applied for subdivision and land-use consent last year to
transform a 158.8ha site beside The Hills golf club, bordered by State
Highway 6, McDonnell Rd and Hogans Gully Rd.
The hearing will be held in Queenstown on February 25 and 26 and, if
required, February 27.
The 18-hole course was designed by former golf pro Greg Turner, of
Arrowtown, and Baxter Design Group.
A total of 91 residential units, to be built in clusters around the site, are
also planned, as are five separate duplex villas for short-stay golfers'
Also proposed is a clubhouse, a gym, sauna, steam room and change
facilities, and a covered driving range.
Last April, the Otago Daily Times reported the project would cost an
estimated $30million.
A total of 27 submissions were received: 10 of those in opposition, three
in support, 13 who sought changes and one neutral.
Many of those in opposition lived in the exclusive Bendemeer
subdivision, which neighbours the proposed course.
They were concerned about the potential loss of privacy and reduction
in amenity, particularly during construction; disruption of peace and
quiet outside 'normal waking hours'; safety issues from golfers mis-
hitting balls and 'the interruption from groups of golfers'; and noise
from visitors staying in accommodation during the evenings who were
often 'less aware of the sensitivities of residential neighbours and
create more noise'.
Some also commented a statement in the application that golf was 'not
noisy' was incorrect.
'Golf activity involves groups of players continually playing through and
can involve loud conversations, yelling and celebrations, all of which
are out of character with this environment, and this will result in a loss
of privacy, amenity and general enjoyment of the Bendemeer
The NZ Transport Agency took a neutral stance, but raised concern over
more vehicles using State Highway 6 at that location.
'[It] currently has an annual average daily traffic count of 11,000
vehicles per day (as measured in 2016).'
NZTA considered it 'appropriate' to manage two existing access ways,
understood to remain for farming purposes, by either closing them or
upgrading them to 'help avoid the safety issue of slower-moving vehicles
conflicting with the increasing numbers of State Highway traffic in this
Among submitters in support was Andrew Brinsley, who said he was
'particularly in favour of the overall tenant of [an] ecologically managed
'rustic heart', retaining a real rural character which will sit very
comfortably within its surroundings'.
A hearing for a proposed 13-lot subdivision in McDonnell Rd, Arrowtown,
will also be heard in February.
Developer John Guthrie, Arrowtown realtor Richard Newman, Banco
Trustees Ltd and McCulloch Trustees 2004 Ltd applied for consent last
year to subdivide a 6.5ha sitethat adjoins The Hills golf course and is
opposite Arrowtown's urban growth boundary.
The proposal, to create 12 residential building platforms ranging in size
from 3845sqm to 5540sqm, will be heard in Queenstown on February 20
and 21.

Source: Otago Daily Times


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