A panel of three independent commissioners have decided that resource consent can be granted for concerts at Eden Park, subject to conditions of consent.
The Eden Park Trust will be able to hold up to six concerts in any 12-month period. The concerts can take place on weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays preceding a public holiday and public holidays, subject to restrictions on frequency, duration and timing. The public hearings were held late last year and the three Independent Commissioners considered evidence from the Eden Park Trust and submitters, which included the expert assessments of technical specialists, before making their decision.
They have concluded the identified adverse effects can be adequately avoided or mitigated, if conducted in accordance with detailed conditions of consent. Those detailed conditions include restrictions on noise and lighting, traffic plans, and the expansion of a Community Liaison Group to ensure on-going discussion and monitoring.
A very large number of submissions were received on the application with 2966 in support, and 180 in opposition. The application for resource consent now enters a phase where parties have until 5 February 2021 (15 working days) to file any appeal against the decision to the Environment Court.
The full decision is available here.
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Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner was jubilant on the outcome of the long stretched struggle for consent from the Council towards the end of the last year.
Speaking to the Indian Weekender Nick said, "
My phone has been ringing off the hook with messages of congratulations from all corners of the world. The community support has been overwhelming and I am so proud of our staff and supporters who have worked tirelessly to achieve today's historic result.
2020 was a challenging year for everyone but if anything, the year confirmed that live sport, music and entertainment plays a pivotal role in shaping communities. Events at Eden Park have the power to rebuild both business confidence and social wellbeing as we work to restore the global economy over the coming years.
What a great way to start 2021 and opportunity for Aotearoa."
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