Over 200 submissions on Hagley Oval plan

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 18:22 04/02/2013
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More than 200 submissions have been received over Canterbury Cricket's controversial plans to develop the Hagley Oval.

Submissions on Canterbury Cricket's resource consent application to establish an international cricket venue, including a pavilion and embankment on the oval closed today.

A preliminary figure of 239 submissions were received.

Resource Consents manager John Higgins said about half the submissions supported the application, while the other half opposed.

"Comments in support of the application state Hagley Oval is the best site for developing an international cricket venue in Christchurch and the proposal will contribute to Christchurch's recovery and rebuild following the earthquakes.

"Further comments mention cricket has been played at Hagley Oval for more than 100 years. Others thought the redevelopment of the oval will not prevent or disrupt other recreational use of Hagley Park any more than the events already held there such as Ellerslie International Flower Show, the World Buskers Festival or the existing netball and tennis courts.

"In opposition to the application people stated Hagley Park is public land and should, therefore, only be available for public sport and not used as a commercial business. People also thought there were insufficient car parking spaces and parking would be an issue, especially for Christchurch Hospital staff and visitors to the hospital.

"Concerns were also raised about the intrusive nature of the proposed pavilion and the lighting towers and the visual pollution created by the embankment and cricket structures," he said.

The application has been directly referred to the Environment Court for consideration and a decision.

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