Residents want more time for Basin inquiry

Last updated 14:13 05/12/2013

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The Board of Inquiry into plans for a Basin Reserve flyover has delayed the start of its hearing a week.

Residents' groups from Newtown and Mt Victoria, the Architectural Centre, and Save the Basin had asked for more time to prepare its response to the New Zealand Transport Agency's resource consent application for the "Basin Bridge" project.

The hearing is now due to start on February 3.

Lawyer for the Architectural Centre and the Newtown Residents' Association, Philip Milne, told a conference with the board in Wellington this morning that he may also have to ask for more time as the hearing proceeds, particularly for expert witnesses to prepare their evidence and to prepare cross examination of other parties' experts.

Board chairman Judge Gordon Whiting said it was important that expert witnesses try to meet timeframes the board had set. Failure to prepare evidence in time risked having the evidence excluded.

 It is proposed the board will hear all the evidence on one topic together - for instance all the engineering evidence - rather than hearing each party's evidence in turn.

The board will visit the site of the proposal during the course of the hearing. Its decision is due at the end of May.

The Transport Agency wants a $90 million highway flyover at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, 20m north of the historic cricket ground.

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