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PHOTO: CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF The proposed build site, centre.

A Christchurch family who spent over $80,000 planning a dream home are gutted at being refused permission to build it, leaving little room to appeal.

Laura Jones and Matthew Beaven, a nephew of renowned Christchurch architect the late Peter Beaven, hoped to build a three-level house at the back of the steep Lyttelton section behind their quake-damaged existing home.

Council-appointed commissioner David Mountfort found the house would shade neighbouring homes, loom over them and affect their views.