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Resource Consent Application for Millbrook West

Media Release from Millbrook Resort
November 15 2006

Resource Consent Application Lodged for Millbrook West Development

Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook resort has lodged an application for resource consent for a planned half billion dollar development.

A consent application was lodged with the Queenstown Lakes District Council on 14 November 2006 for land use and subdivision consent for Stage 1A of the work.

Millbrook Country Club Ltd is applying for consent to create 43 residential sites ranging in size from 590sqm to 2270sqm, two golf course lots, and reserve and access lots.

Millbrook has also applied for land use consent from the Otago Regional Council to divert Mill Stream back into an historic channel to the north of its current alignment, and is in the process of finalising an application for a bridge over the stream to access the Millbrook West development.

Millbrook announced in July that it was planning a 200-plus home development on land to the west of the existing resort, primarily on land it has owned for many years.

The development area comprises approximately 91 hectares of undeveloped land, of which Stage 1, including the new golf course, will occupy approximately 60 hectares. A new access point on and off Malaghan Road will serve the proposed development.

The proposed Stage 1A development also includes the relocation of the existing resort driving range, and the establishment of nine new golf holes designed by former professional golfer Greg Turner.

The new nine holes have been designed to compliment the existing 18-hole championship course and will provide golfers with the choice of three 18-hole combinations.

Millbrook was established in 1993 and is now recognised worldwide as a world-class recreational and lifestyle community set in the Wakatipu Basin. It has its own special zoning under the provisions of the QLDC District Plan which allows the resort to contribute to visitor and economic development within the district, recognising the special amenities of the rural area and providing for ongoing resort activities.

Millbrook Property and Development Manager Ben O’Malley said one particular landscape feature was of significant value that should be retained and protected.

“Our work in this area has identified the remnant of an extensive wetland system that would have extended through the valley floors of the Wakatipu Basin, so as part of the Millbrook West development we’re committed to the restoration of this wetland and have designed a plan to reinvigorate this indigenous habitat.

“The planned re-diversion of Mill Stream to its natural alignment, which will contribute to the restoration of the wetland, will provide a catchment for sediment and other nutrients from passing downstream into Lake Hayes, especially during high rainfall.

“The end result is that the wetland restoration will have an important ecological benefit, protecting the ‘living’ qualities of Lake Hayes and the lower stretches of Mill Stream and enhancing habitats for wildlife,” he said.

From a golf perspective, the Millbrook design team has paid great attention to the relationship between the homes, the residents that live in them, and the dynamics of the course. Building platforms have been positioned to enable view shafts onto the surrounding golf course, with access links from homes to the course where appropriate.

Ultimately Millbrook West will consist of just over 200 properties, adding to the existing 143 privately-owned properties within the resort.

Millbrook will be lodging a resource consent application for Stage 1B, for 16 further lots, within the next week.

Set in a natural alpine amphitheatre on 500 acres, Millbrook currently offers guests a championship golf course in an inspiring and invigorating location, a history of tradition that spans 150 years, luxury accommodation with a French influence, exceptional dining options and The Spa at Millbrook, with its leading edge treatments.

ENDS

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