Dairy farm consent decision delayed

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 04/01/2014

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A final decision on whether all new dairy farms will continue to require resource consent has been delayed another month.

Environment Southland's plan change 13, which required all new dairy farms to obtain a resource consent before becoming operational, will now not be decided until next month.

Environment Southland chairwoman Ali Timms said the decision had been delayed because a key staff member involved in the plan change had become ill.

"It's better to have some sort of continuity in the process."

Should the change become permanent, all new applications would require a farm management plan, which would include a soil assessment, a nutrient management plan and a winter grazing plan.

This is not the first time decisions relating to the plan change have been delayed. In July last year, discussions on the 40-plus submissions on the proposed plan change were put on hold as the council considered extra information.

A decision was then expected by early October. 

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