Council opts to make no changes to water consents

​Thursday 1 June 2017

Ashburton District Council’s Service Delivery Committee has passed a recommendation to Council at its meeting today to take no action in relation to a resource consent that allows for water to be abstracted from the site known as Lot 9 on the Ashburton Business Estate.

The committee also decided that no action will be taken in relation to an associated consent that requires water to be discharged to the ground at another site on Mitcham Rd, when the abstraction water consent is given effect on the Lot 9 site.

Both consents will formally lapse on 30 September 2019, but until then the Council will be able to revisit the use of these consents if an opportunity arises, including supplementing the town water supply if necessary. The Council is also able to seek an extension to the lapsing date.

The Lot 9 consent was the subject of intense media attention last year when the former Council was in negotiations with a potential buyer, who was proposing to establish a water bottling plant on the site. The sale fell through due to the purchaser failing to meet key conditions of the sale and purchase agreement.

The decision to take no action on the resource consents will go the full Council meeting on the 29 June 2017 for final approval.

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