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Written by NZPA   
Thursday, 05 July 2007

Felling mature protected willow trees has halted a $100 million subdivision development near Queenstown.

The Environment Court has ruled the developer of Threepwood, an exclusive 41-section subdivision on the western shore of Lake Hayes, "breached the spirit, intent and desired effects" of the Queenstown Lakes District Plan by cutting down the protected trees.

In a strongly worded ruling this week, Judge Jon Jackson and two commissioners declared the original resource for Threepwood invalid.'s a really major reminder to developers that they have to read the fine print in their resource consents and make sure they comply with it. (Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive, Duncan Field)

Investors who had paid between $1.5 million and $4.5 million for lots in the subdivision may be able to cancel their contracts and seek refunds, the court said.

It ruled that the development could go ahead only when the trees grew back, which could take between 10 and 20 years.

Finishing touches to the subdivision, including roading and lighting were being done this week when the court's decision was released.

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