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Concern about conditions attached to revamped Eden Park
The Mayor of Auckland says he is concerned about the cost of conditions attached to the resource consent for the Eden Park stadium re-development.

On Friday planning commissioners granted consent for the original design to prepare the stadium for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The consent covers new, 3-tier south and east stands and an internal concourse around the ground.

However, 91 conditions have been set, including noise restrictions during building work, and limits on sporting events at night.

The Auckland Mayor, Dick Hubbard, says while he is supportive of the re-development, he is anxious about the cost implications for the overall price. He says he is also aware the Government has some degree of discomfort.

The Rugby World Cup Minster, Trevor Mallard, says a review of alternative upgrade options is underway and is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

The Eden Park Trust Board said it would cost $385 million to complete the redevelopment, before any conditions were attached.

Appeal considered
A residents' group is considering its next move, following the granting of resource consent for the Eden Park re-development.

Mark Donnelly, from the Eden Park Neighbours Association, says the conditions imposed do cover that covers some of their objections.

But he says there are retrograde steps, such as a doubling of the size of functions held at the park while the numbers of carparks are halved.

He says there is a period of 20 working days to lodge an appeal with the Environment Court.