PHOTO: BRADEN FASTIER Jason and Ange Mudgway had hoped to provide affordable housing to meet the area’s growing demand.

A Tasman district couple are “devastated” after learning their bid to build affordable housing on their land has been denied.

Jason and Ange Mudgway, who live in Hope, south of Nelson, had planned to build up to 47 homes on their rural property under the Special Housing Areas Act.

Introduced by the National Government in 2013, the temporary law aimed to streamline new developments by lessening consent times with accords between local councils and central government.

In March, the Labour Government said the legislation would not be extended beyond its September 16 expiration date, and that no new special housing areas (SHAs) would be established after the deadline.