Celebrity cook Annabel Langbein is facing backlash after her planned property expansion upset some Wanaka locals.

Locals have accused the cook and her husband of receiving Council permission for the expansion on the basis of her public profile.

Originally the Queenstown Lakes District Council had dropped proposed plans, however, the expansion was revisited and given the go-ahead - despite experts recommending the consent be declined.

Upper Clutha Environmental Society spokesperson Julian Haworth told Fairfax Media that he believed the commissioners approved an inappropriate development because the applicant is a celebrity.


"We would love to appeal it [the decision]. We simply don't have the resources ... It is wide open for appeal," Haworth said.

He said the commissioners were "not on this planet" and "don't seem to get the big picture".

"If you are going to make decisions based on celebrity status, you might as well throw the district plan in the lake," he said.

Langbein's consent application was amended and resubmitted this year after one of the commissioners expressed last year expressed concerns.

The Council's decision released last week states consent has been granted for Langbein to build two sheds with an area of 108 m² each for the purpose of storing vehicles, boats and other equipment and a 36 m² garage west of the existing film studio and cottage buildings.

The decision also states that Langbein's property site has an unusally complex history "as a result of successive applications with attached conditions, some of which were added to or changed over time."

Brett Giddens said in the decision: "In my opinion the primary issues associated with the amended proposal relates to the establishment of gardens that has occurred on the upper areas of the site and the cumulative effects that have arisen with development on the site over time".

See the full decision below: