Power station construction approved

ISOBEL EWING
Last updated 05:00 05/09/2013

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Resource consent applications have been granted for two major construction projects in New Plymouth scheduled to start next year.

Taranaki Regional Council has granted resource consent to Nova Energy, a subsidiary of the Todd Corporation to begin construction of a multimillion-dollar gas-fired power station on Junction Rd. The council is yet to grant land use consent.

The six limited notified consents include permission to discharge storm water and sediment on to land and into the Mangorei Stream during the power station's construction, discharging emissions into the air from the combustion of natural gas and the realignment of a tributary of Mangorei Stream.

TRC director of resource consent Fred McClay said council had not received any written submissions against the consents from affected parties, which included DOC, Fish & Game, three hapu and three nearby residents.

Nova Energy's consent application for land use is awaiting a decision from New Plymouth District Council which is expected later this month.

Spokeswoman for the Todd Corporation Janet Carson said they could not confirm when construction would begin until the land use application was granted.

Mangorei Rd resident Ian Johnston, along with other residents in the area, made a submission against the power station being built.

They said there had been a lack of communication from the company to neighbouring residents.

Johnston and the other residents had previously indicated they would take their case to the Environment Court but had realised the legal costs would be too high.

"It costs a lot of money and if it falls over that's a lot of money down the drain.

"We'll just live with it."

Johnston has lived at his property for 28 years and did not want to move elsewhere.

"I built the house myself and put a lot of time and effort into this place. We have a beautiful view of the mountain and down to Whitecliffs.

"We don't want to move, where would we go?"

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Transport Agency has been given the go-ahead to begin geotechnical work in preparation for the Waiwhakaiho Bridge widening project.

Work on the bridge, part of New Plymouth's Vickers to City upgrade, is due to start next year.

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