$153k for consents for big noise

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Last updated 13:00 30/11/2012

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The Nelson City Council has spent around $153,000 on two resource consents that would allow amplified sound in open spaces.

The cost is likely to be higher, as the council has appealed some of the conditions of the consents - notably that noise from spectators was included in the noise limits, community development manager Kath Inwood said.

The council applied for the consents with the aim of reducing the need for organisers of most cultural and recreational events to get event-specific resource consents. The goal was to put in place a consent covering a range of events, which included a high standard of control to minimise potential noise effects, Ms Inwood said.

While there was strong support for the plan from the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency with regard to major events, individual event organisers did not have a high presence in the process, which also attracted community opposition.

The first application sought to permit amplified sound in all open space and recreation zones, where noise would not exceed the permitted limits in the Nelson Resource Management Plan. It did not seek increased noise limits.

The second application aimed to allow special events in nominated public reserves and open spaces, and on limited occasions each year, where electrically amplified sound, closing times and ancillary structures would breach specified rules in the plan.

Independent commissioners granted the resource consent applications last month, subject to specified conditions.

Ms Inwood said the process would not disrupt events planned to be held before the new consents became operative, because they would be held under the existing resource consent where applicable.

"Opera in the Park will be held at Trafalgar Park next year."

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- The Nelson Mail

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