Farmers' lobby group loses appeal

19:28, Sep 17 2012

Federated Farmers has lost an Environment Court appeal challenging a proposed rule that limited production forestry on Auckland's Awhitu Peninsula.

The farmers' lobby group faced off with Auckland Council in the court, claiming that a change to the Franklin District Plan - which required resource consent for any production forestry greater than 2 hectares on the peninsula - was unreasonable and would create an unjustified expense.

But the court dismissed the appeal. It said while there were undoubted economic benefits from production forestry there was no evidence of great demand for it in the area.

In an interim decision, the court said Federated Farmers had not given evidence of the cost burden an application for resource consent would create for farmers.

The court concluded that the proposed rule protected land within the peninsula area from inappropriate use and development while still providing for rural activities. Fairfax NZ

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