200 weigh in on oval

Last updated 08:54 05/02/2013
Proposal drawing of the oval

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More than 200 people have felt strongly enough to submit their views on the Hagley Oval cricket venue resource consent.

The consent has been controversial in Christchurch as it proposed to turn part of Hagley Park into an international cricket venue. 

Of the 239 submissions received, about half were in favour of the proposal, and half were against.

Those in favour commented the venue would probably not impact on other park activities and it had been home to cricket for more than 100 years.

Those opposed said the land was a public resource and should therefore be made available for public sport, not monetised commercial business. Parking was also cited as an issue.

Canterbury Cricket have requested the application be directly referred to the Environment Court. If the request is accepted, an initial step is for the Court to receive a planning report from the Council, including submissions.

Following the Environment Court's decision and subject to Canterbury Cricket gaining resource consent, the Council will meet to consider a report on the grant of a ground lease to Canterbury Cricket for the proposed pavilion and light towers.

The Council must also decide whether or not to approve the proposed scope of work for the embankment. A date for this meeting has not been set.

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