Synlait Milk's contested new factory at Pokeno may have got in the way of a neighbour's plans for a 1000-section housing development.

A Court of Appeal judgment that has thrown listed Synlait's $280 million plant at Pokeno into confusion by upholding restrictive covenants on the land, notes that Karl Ye, who sought the court ruling, wants his south Pokeno land rezoned residential for his subdivision.

Further inquiries by the Herald show Ye, also known as Qing Ye, made a submission to the Waikato District Council in October to rezone his 148ha properties residential. His land is currently farmed.

The council's

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