New development in quarry debate

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Christchurch Ready Mix Concrete (CRMC) has lodged an application with the Waimakariri District Council to renew a resource consent for an “existing quarry” at No 1 Browns Road in Oxford.

The application was lodged last Monday morning.

The original consent was granted three years ago and is due to expire on March 25.

That consent allowed the company to remove 300,000m of material from the site and operate between 6am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 6am to 12 noon on Saturday with up to 200 vehicle movements per day.

To date 150,000m of material has been extracted from the site.

The consent renewal application seeks to extract the remaining 150,000m of material with no processing on the site and the same operating restrictions.

The Isaac Community Association spokesperson Bud Caldwell said they had no comment to make about CRMC’s application to “continue to remove the stockpiled aggregate generated from the creation of irrigation ponds,” at the site.

Nick Harrison, regulation manager at the WDC, said that the first resource consent “for earthworks associated with constructing irrigation ponds was not notified.”

He was unsure when a decision would be made on the renewal application or whether public submissions would be allowed but the assessment would be made in accordance with the Resource Management Act.