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Eden Pk redevelopment appeal withdrawn
An agreement has been reached between Eden Park neighbours and the group redeveloping the Auckland stadium for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

As a result the Eden Park Neighbours Association has withdrawn their appeal to the Environment Court against the resource consents granted to the park in January.

"This is a great result for the Park and for the local residents as it will enable the redevelopment to proceed on schedule while still taking account of local concerns in both the design and construction phases of the project," chairman of the newly established Eden Park Redevelopment Board, John Waller said in a press release.

The park currently has consents in place for building a larger stadium, but under the terms of the agreement reached last month between the Government and the Eden Park Trust Board, the new South Stand will be a significantly smaller structure and, post-Rugby World Cup, the seating will be reduced from the 60,000 plus capacity for the tournament.

"The draft concept design significantly reduces a number of adverse impacts on the local residents such as shading and traffic/pedestrian flows."

Mr Waller said that although variations would be required to the existing consents obtained for the Park, the withdrawal of the appeal removed a major barrier to engaging the key contractors for the project.

"The redevelopment project is now firmly back on track, and the Redevelopment Board looks forward to working with Eden Park management, the local residents and all the other stakeholders to deliver the finals venue for Rugby World Cup."

The terms of the agreement reached include:

Reduction in the height and bulk of the South Stand which will reduce shading impacts on nearby houses and its visual impacts on the residential neighbourhood;

Independent assessment of shading impacts from the new structures, and the development of mitigation packages for affected neighbours;

A bus/coach terminal in the south-west corner of the Park to improve traffic and pedestrian flows around the streets bordering the Park;

Reduction in the height of light towers which will lessen "light spill" into adjoining neighbours;

A consultation forum enabling neighbours to have input into key aspects of the redevelopment, including the development of protocols for traffic management at the Park, and the demolition and construction phases of the project.