Expansion approved

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The granting of land use consent for a multimillion-dollar expansion of the Mt Difficulty cellar door and restaurant complex is “great news” and means final design work can take place, Mt Difficulty general manager and winemaker Matt Dicey says.

The Central Otago District Council granted the consent in January after the council’s hearings panel heard the application in December.

It will allow the construction of an 80-seat restaurant and expansion of the existing tasting facility at Mt Difficulty, near Bannockburn. A new car park will also be built.

When the development was announced in September last year, Mr Dicey said it would be a “multimillion-dollar” project.

He said last week the council consent had been “one of the things we were waiting on” before completing design work.

This would now be done and the project put to tender.

The timeline for the project would depend on how long final design took, and then contractor availability.

But he hoped construction would begin this year.

Otago Daily Times