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Hagley Oval – Section 71 Proposal

Open for public written comment.

Written comment period extended to 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

Proposal to exercise the powers under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to amend the Christchurch District Plan to provide for the operation and use of Hagley Oval.

Send us your views on the Proposal by 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

The written comment period has been extended after it was identified that supporting technical information referred to in the Proposal was not publicly available.

That information is now available on the Regenerate Christchurch’s website.

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The Proposal applies to Hagley Oval located at South Hagley Park, 57 Riccarton Avenue Christchurch and was prepared by Regenerate Christchurch on behalf of the Canterbury Cricket Trust.

The written comment stage

The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams (the Minister) received the Proposal from Regenerate Christchurch.

On Tuesday, 15 October, the Minister announced that she had decided to notify the Proposal and invite people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

On Monday, 11 November, it was announced the Minister had decided to extend the written comment period by eight working days, from 5pm, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 to 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019 after it was brought to her attention that supporting technical information referred to in the Proposal was not publicly available.

This information is now available on Regenerate Christchurch’s website.

People who have already made their written comment can amend or update their existing written comment by email to: info.gcg@dpmc.govt.nz or send them by post to the freepost address below.

These must be received by 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

How you can provide feedback on the Proposal

  • Fill in an online written comment form
  • The written comment form can be accessed here
  • Hard copy (freepost) written comment forms are available from Christchurch City Council service centres and libraries, and the main office of Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils from Thursday during normal business hours.
  • Or, you can send your comments by email to: info.gcg@dpmc.govt.nz
  • Or, by freepost to:
    Freepost Authority GCG
    Section 71 Proposal: Hagley Oval
    Freepost GCG
    Greater Christchurch Group
    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    Private Bag 4999
    CHRISTCHURCH 8140

All  written comments will be considered and will help the Minister decide whether to approve the Proposal.

Anyone can make a written comment, which must be received by 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

Overview of the Proposal

(please refer to the Proposal for more detail)

The proposed changes to the rules in the District Plan would replace the need for the Canterbury Cricket Trust to make any future application for resource consent in respect of those rules covered by the Proposal.

The rule changes relate to, amongst other things, flood lighting and the number of match days allowed.

The Trust’s current 2013 resource consent allows for four retractable lighting poles. The proposed changes to the District Plan would permit six permanent floodlighting poles and structures.

Regenerate Christchurch advises the proposed lighting changes would meet international broadcasting standards and enable Christchurch to bid for “top-tier” international cricket matches in addition to the matches that can be bid for currently.

It is noted there is a deadline of 20 December 2019 for a Christchurch bid to host “top-tier” games - such as a final - of the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

A table summarising what is currently permitted (through the existing Resource Consent) compared with the proposed amendments to the District Plan is in Appendix 2 of the Proposal.

Regenerate Christchurch considers using section 71 would be more efficient than making the changes using other planning processes such as those in the Resource Management Act 1991.

Supporting technical information referred to in the Proposal is available on the website of Regenerate Christchurch (which prepared the Proposal): http://www.regeneratechristchurch.nz/hagley-oval/

Christchurch City Council – separate Reserves Act process

In addition to the section 71 process, in order to install permanent floodlights the Canterbury Cricket Trust also requires a new lease with Christchurch City Council, which manages Hagley Park.

The Council is required by the Reserves Act to undertake public consultation of at least one calendar month when considering a new lease. The Council’s consultation starts on Wednesday, 16 October and will remain open until Monday, 18 November 2019.

To make a submission on this process visit ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

Note: this is a legally separate and independent process to the section 71 process. People may want to make comments to both processes. To be considered by both processes comments must be submitted to both the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (see above How you can provide feedback on the Proposal) and Christchurch City Council.

The process

In developing the Proposal, Regenerate Christchurch asked the strategic partners (Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, Ngai Tahu, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils), and the Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for feedback on a draft of the Proposal, as part of the process required by the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016.

Regenerate Christchurch considered the feedback in finalising the Proposal.

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal in the Gazette on Tuesday, 15 October and The Press on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, and invited people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

The Minister publicly notified the extension to the written comment period on the DPMC website on Monday, 11 November 2019

All written comments will be considered and will help the Minister decide whether to approve the Proposal.

Anyone can make a written comment, which must be received by 5pm, Monday, 2 December 2019.

Last updated: 
Monday, 11 November 2019

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