Setback for billionaire Peter Thiel’s plan to build luxury home in remote New Zealand

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Billionaire Peter Thiel’s proposal for a sophisticated lodge in a remote area of ​​New Zealand could be rejected after council planners recommended that the plans be rejected due to “unacceptable” adverse environmental impacts.

The project proposed by Thiel is located in Wanaka, near Queenstown, a remote alpine region of the South Island known for its isolation and unspoilt natural beauty.

Second Star Ltd, a company owned by Thiel, has applied for approval to build a large house on his property, which will include a “capsule” for Thiel himself, water features and meditation areas.

The filing describes “a range of freestanding buildings, including a lodge to accommodate visitors for up to 24 people, an owner’s living quarter with associated lodge management buildings, infrastructure, landscaping, water features and a meditation space.” The earthworks required for its construction cover over 73,700 m² of land.

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, where Peter Thiel owns a large piece of land.

Senior planner Sarah Gathercole was tasked with assessing the environmental and cultural impact of the council’s proposal, and in a nearly 1,000-page report, she recommends that the council reject it.

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