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Yaldhurst Recreation and Sports Facility

Proposal to exercise the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to amend the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and the Christchurch District Plan to rezone 466-482 Yaldhurst Road, Christchurch to Open Space Metropolitan Facilities Zone (referred to as the Proposal).

The written submission period has closed.

The opportunity to make a submission on the Proposal closed at 5pm, Monday, 5 November 2018.

All the submissions received will be considered and will help Hon Nanaia Mahuta, the Minister acting for the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (the Minister), decide whether to approve the Proposal.

The Minister is required to make her decision by 19 December 2018.

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Overview of the Proposal

The Proposal, prepared by Christchurch City Council, is about using section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to make the necessary changes to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and Christchurch District Plan to enable further development at 466 – 482 Yaldhurst Road.

The proposed development would contribute to the regeneration of sport and recreation in greater Christchurch by providing facilities to replace some of those lost or damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and also by catering for an identified additional demand.

Using section 71 would enable the necessary planning changes to be made in a single process.

The Minister received the Proposal developed by the Christchurch City Council together with supporting documents.

The written submission period

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal in the Gazette on Friday 5 October and The Press on Saturday 6 October 2018, and invited people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

Submissions could be made online, by email or on hardcopy forms.

Anyone could make a written submission, which had to be received by 5pm, Monday, 5 November 2018.

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

About the Proposal

(Please refer to the Proposal for more detail.)

Canterbury Sports Limited (CSL), a private company, has had a football venue at 466-482 Yaldhurst Road (shown on the map and known as the Christchurch football Centre) since 2015. These include two full size artificial pitches, a full size natural turf pitch, clubroom facilities and a grandstand.

Yaldhurst Recreation and Sports Facility - Site Map

CSL initiated a project last year to further develop, with joint venture partners and sporting bodies, the sports and recreation facilities at the Yaldhurst Road site and create a sports hub for a variety of sports codes. The additional facilities proposed include:

  • An indoor sports stadium for netball, basketball and futsal
  • A gymnastics centre and potentially an aquatic facility

The proposed facilities are defined as ‘urban activity’ in the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement (CRPS) as they generally serve the urban population. However, the site is just outside the urban boundary in the CRPS.

This means certain policy and land zoning changes to the CRPS and Christchurch District Plan (CDP) are necessary to enable the proposed developments to happen.

The Proposal, prepared by Christchurch City Council, is about using section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to make the necessary changes to the CRPS and CDP.

Using section 71 would enable these changes to be made in a single process.

The Proposal notes the proposed developments are consistent with related strategies and plans such as: the Canterbury Spaces and Places Plan 2017, prepared by SportNZ; the Council’s Physical Recreation and Sports Strategy 2002; and Recreation and Sports Facilities Activity Management Plan 2015-2025, recognising the need for a focus on multi-code hubs.

The Proposal also notes there is a recognised demand that in the next one to three years additional facilities that include indoor netball, futsal and basketball courts will be required.

Background to the process

In developing the Proposal, the Council asked the strategic partners (Environment Canterbury, Ngai Tahu, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils), Regenerate Christchurch and 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.

The Council has also asked for feedback from the NZ Transport Agency due to the site’s proximity to a State Highway.

The Council considered the feedback (see the concise summary document) and addressed the issues raised in finalising the Proposal, which has been supported by Regenerate Christchurch.

The proposed development would contribute to the regeneration of sport and recreation in greater Christchurch by providing facilities to replace some of those lost or damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes and catering for an identified additional demand.

The Minister acting for the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration (the Minister) publicly notified the Proposal in the Gazette on Friday 5 October and The Press on Saturday 6 October 2018, and invited people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

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

The Minister is required to make her decision by 19 December 2018.

Last updated: 
Monday, 5 November 2018

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