Contentious plans to excavate a cliff at a popular Waiheke Island beach to build a house have gained consent.

An Auckland Council hearing panel has granted resource consent for Andre ter Huurne and Erica Schmidt Viles to build a house into the cliff on The Strand at Onetangi Beach.

Nineteen objections were made to the application to build the house, while one neutral submission and one in support were filed.

An artist’s impression of the house planned on The Strand.

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