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Eden Park gets consent with 91 conditions
Friday, 26 January 2007

Eden Park has been given resource consent for a $385 million upgrade for the 2011 Rugby World Cup but Auckland City Council has attached 91 conditions to it.

The Eden Park Trust Board applied for consent in November to rebuild almost the entire park, lifting its capacity from slightly under 48,000 to 60,000.

The Eden Park Trust Board already had consent to knock down the Panasonic stand at the ground and rebuild it at a cost of $15m to $16m.

A panel of three independent planning commissioners granted a resource consent for the redevelopment of the stadium and released their decision this afternoon, after an 11-day hearing.

More than 500 submissions were heard.

The commissioners granted consent for the original redevelopment design, which excludes the redesign of the West Stand.

The 91 conditions include construction management, restrictions on hours, access, noise and lighting requirement for landscaping and restrictions on the number and type of sporting events at night.

T he height of the South and East Stands would be reduced by 5.2 and 9.6 metres.

Eden Park lodged a resource consent to redevelop its West Stand in December 2006 which was being processed.

The resource consent for the redevelopment includes a new three-tier South Stand, a new three-tier East Stand, an internal concourse around the ground, a new toilet and corporate and food outlets.

Other redevelopment included lights incorporated under the South Stand roof, the removal of the perimeter fence, new operating conditions for a redeveloped stadium, operating conditions for the demolition and construction period and specific operating conditions for Rugby World Cup 2011 and Cricket World Cup 2015.

Eden Park Chief Executive John Alexander said he was delighted consent was granted and "to get such a prompt decision".

Mr Alexander said the decision reflected the extent to which the design plans were modified to respond to community feedback.

"Eden Park's proposal to complete the stadium bowl and lower the height of the new stands had been well received by many submitters, and was reflected in the conditions of the consent."

Mr Alexander said his initial reaction to the conditions attached to the resource consent had been positive.

"Over the next few days we will review the conditions in detail, and will reserve further comment until the closure of the statutory appeal period."

Of the 502 written submissions received, 302 were in favour of the redevelopment and 180 opposed.

Submitters had 20 working days to lodge any appeal to the decision.