Opponents cite fire, water worries
The inability of the developers of Tapawera's proposed motorsport park to completely manage the increased fire risk, mitigate the noise and dust generated by users and ensure the park's water use will not affect downstream homes and farms are behind appeals to its recent consent.
Three appeals have been lodged with the Environment Court – from Nelson Forests, which owns surrounding commercial forests, and neighbours David McQueen and K and J Rowe Family Trust – against the decision by independent commissioners David Collins and Malcolm Hunt to grant resource consents for the Stanley Brook Regional Motorsport Park.
The consents for earthworks and initial infrastructure were granted in June, and the deadline for appeals was last Friday.
The motorsport park site is on a 205-hectare block of farm and forestry land owned by contractors Garry Adcock and Gary Donaldson. The Rabbit Gully site is 62 kilometres from central Nelson, located off the end of Olivers Rd in a natural amphitheatre surrounded by forest near Kohatu.
The appeals were lodged by solicitor Camilla Owen on behalf of the three parties.
In the case of Nelson Forests Ltd, she said the nature and mix of the proposed motorsport events would significantly affect the company's ability to carry out its business and the use of its legal right of way, which would also be used by the park.
Water supplies at the park's site were inadequate for firefighting purposes, and the number of people using the park would increase the fire risk, she said.
The use of the park by potentially thousands of visitors would see the increased illegal use of forestry roads, illegal camping, rubbish dumping and the disruption of forest operations, and would require increased roading management, maintenance and consultation, and see the loss of productive land.
The Rowe Family Trust owns 400ha of farm and forest land next to the proposed park.
On its behalf, Ms Owen said her clients would not only suffer from noise, dust, adverse effects on stock, security and access issues, increased fire risk and the loss of rural amenity, but a reduction in both water quality and quantity.
She said the amount of water required by the park had been incorrectly calculated, and would reduce the water supply for stock, household and firefighting use on the Rowes' downstream property.
The commissioners' finding that adverse environmental effects would be managed by limiting the park's use to 12 major events a year was inadequate, she said.
Loes Reitsma and David McQueen's home lies 120 metres from Olivers Rd. Ms Owen said that while a consent condition required part of Olivers Rd to be sealed when the park's traffic count exceeded 200 vehicles a day, there was no requirement to seal the road past the couple's home. The resulting dust would affect their farm and forestry business.
Through Ms Owen, all parties asked that the park's consent be declined or that stricter consent conditions be imposed.
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