Common sense needed over chef Annabelle Langbein's Wanaka property development

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has taken Queenstown Lakes District Planners to task over their handling of celebrity chef Annabelle Langbein’s resource consent application for her Wanaka property.

“I’m concerned at the attitude of the planners and believe that they should be less precious and more realistic in their decision-making.

“The planners concern that more development would make Langbein’s property look more domesticated is, quite frankly, silly and reflects a mind-set that is hard-headed and does little to encourage growth in the Wanaka area.

“Sadly, it’s this kind of approach that adds to the time and expense incurred by applicants and, during my time last year as Rules Reduction Taskforce co-chair, was an issue that was consistently highlighted as an impediment to developers.

“Unfortunately when planners get caught up in excessive regulation it has the potential to put the brakes on residential development in a region like the Upper Clutha which badly needs more housing.”

Mrs Dean said the property was used for filming Ms Langbein's television cooking programmes, which screened in 90 countries, and that in itself was a useful marketing and promotional tool for the Wanaka area. 

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru