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Redcliffs School relocation

The full name of this proposal is: Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park: Proposal to exercise the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act to designate Redcliffs Park for education purposes and for the existing Redcliffs School site to be rezoned as Open Space.

On this page:

The Proposal is open for written comment
The public notice
How you can provide feedback
Background to the Proposal

The Proposal is about planning changes to enable the relocation of the Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park and is not about the land swap which Christchurch City Council consulted on last year.

The Proposal is open for written comment

Send us your views on the Proposal by 5pm, Tuesday 3 April 2018

The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, (the Minister) received the Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch on 31 January 2018.

Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park relocation: Section 71 Proposal 

RedCliffs School proposal map

Christchurch City Council and the Ministry of Education have agreed to swap land to enable the relocation of Redcliffs School to the site of the current Redcliffs Park, and the establishment of a park on the site of the current Redcliffs School (shown in the map above).

However, certain designation and land use zoning changes to the Christchurch District Plan are necessary to enable this to happen. The Proposal puts forward the use of section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to make these changes to the District Plan.

Using section 71 would enable these changes to be made in one process. This would be significantly faster and enable the rebuild of the Redcliffs School and development of Redcliffs Park to start sooner than making the changes using the Resource Management Act 1991, which would require two processes.

About the Proposal

The Proposal aims to support the regeneration of greater Christchurch and improve the well-being, resilience and cohesiveness of the local community through retaining both the primary school and a park within the Redcliffs area and says that it is it is preferable that the school site and the park are rezoned at the same time.

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

These comments (see the concise summary document below) raised a number of concerns including future flooding, transport access and rockfall.

Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park relocation: Section 71 Proposal (including the concise summary document)

Regenerate Christchurch considered the feedback and has included specific design measures in the Proposal which would have to be undertaken in the development of a school on the Redcliffs Park site to address these concerns. These include specific floor level and stormwater storage requirements.

The Redcliffs Park site consists of two different levels. The school buildings would be mainly located on the higher level, and playing fields and carparking would be located on the lower level.

For more information about the Proposal, see Regenerate Christchurch’s website:

Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park proposal (Regenerate Christchurch website)

The public notice

The Minister publicly notified the Proposal in the Press on Saturday 10 March 2018, and invited people to give their views in writing on the Proposal.

The Proposal and invitation to people to give their views in writing was also published on the DPMC website, and in the Gazette on 9 March 2018.

Public notice: Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park

Open for Written Comment—Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park (Gazette website)

Anyone can make a written comment, which must be received by 5pm, Tuesday 3 April 2018.

How you can provide your feedback on the Proposal

You can provide feedback online or by post.


By post:

You can post a hard copy of your comments to our Freepost address.

Pick up a written comment form at Christchurch City Council service centres or libraries, or the main office of Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils, from Tuesday 13 March 2018, during normal business hours.

Post your comments to:
Section 71 Proposal: Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park
Freepost GCG
Greater Christchurch Group
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Private Bag 4999

Please note: Your written comment, including your name, may become public information.

If you consider there are compelling reasons why your name and/or feedback should be kept confidential, please outline why.

Even if you request confidentiality, we may have to release your written comment at a later date, if a request is made under the Official Information Act 1982.

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong.

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

Written comments must be received by 5pm, Tuesday 3 April 2018.

Background to the Proposal

Following the Canterbury earthquakes Redcliffs School was relocated to Van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Sumner.  From early 2015 to late 2016 consultation was undertaken about the future of the school and the decision was made to relocate the school to another location.

The Ministry of Education asked Christchurch City Council to consider swapping Redcliffs Park for the similarly sized school site.

Christchurch City Council agreed to proceed with the proposed land swap on 7 September 2017 following extensive public consultation undertaken from 29 May to 26 June 2017 and panel hearings.

For more about the background to the relocation of Redcliffs School, see the Ministry of Education's 'Shaping Education' website:

Redcliffs School updates (Shaping Education website)

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

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