Transpower wrangle costs district $40,000

Legal and consultant costs associated with the Transpower appeal have cost Waimate $40,000.

Transpower is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the national grid and sought to change the Waimate District Council's district plan to increase its 12-metre buffer corridor on either side of its pylons and poles to 32 metres each side.

After a three-year wrangle the council, Federated Farmers and Transpower agreed to the continuation of a 12-metre area, averting further court action and costs.

The case was due to have been heard by the Environment Court in Timaru last week.

Waimate District Council chief executive Tony Alden said the Environment Court issued a consent order with no costs being ordered.

"The settlement reached avoids the need for a court hearing to take place which has potentially saved the council a considerable cost. The legal and consultant costs associated with the Transpower appeal was slightly under $40,000."

Mr Alden said the $40,000 was set in the budget as part of the district review. "The result came about through a lot of hard work by our team, John Coles, Sharyn Cain, Peter McIlraith, and Kevin Tiffen. The outcome was pragmatic and has set a benchmark other councils will most likely accept in their district plans."

The Timaru Herald