​​Changes to District Plan

​Ashburton District Plan: Private Plan Change 3​

Farmers Corner Development Limited has lodged a private plan change request with the Council. The plan change request relates to 21.0449 hectares of land located on the corner of State Highway 1 and Longbeach Road, Tinwald. The request seeks to insert a new ‘Rural Tourism Zone’ chapter into the Ashburton District Plan to provide for the continuation of, and expansion to, tourism activities on the site, guided by an Outline Development Plan (ODP).  
Details of the proposals and the accompanying evaluation reports in accordance with Section 32 of the Resource Management Act (1991) are available for inspection at the following sites;

The proposal includes the following:
• Council Offices at 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton;
• Ashburton Library
• Methven I-Site
• Rakaia Mobile Service Station or
• Download from the Ashburton District Council website:

Any person or organisation may make a submission supporting or opposing any aspect of this plan change by sending a written or electronic submission titled ‘Plan Change 3 – Farmers Corner’. Submissions must be written and in accordance with Form 5 of the Resource Management Regulations. Forms are available from the locations stated above. All submissions must state whether or not the submitter wishes to be heard.
Posted to: Planning Team, Ashburton District Council, P.O. Box 94,
Ashburton 7740

Delivered-to: Council Offices at 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton

Emailed to:  ​​

Following the end of the submission period, all submissions received will be summarised and published. Further submissions will then be invited, allowing certain persons and organisation to support or oppose any of the initial submissions. If required, a hearing will then be arranged to consider submissions, after which the Council will decide whether to reject or approve the plan change. Any submitter who is not satisfied with the Council’s decision may then appeal to the Environment Court. 

For further information regarding this plan change or the process outlined above, please contact Laura Connor by email: or phone: 03 307 7757

The closing date for submission is 5pm, Thursday 27th February 2020.​

The application and supporting documents are listed below :
Plan Change Application

Further Submissions

Public Submissions on Plan Change 3 closed at 5pm on Thursday 27th February 2020. The original submissions have been summarised and are open for further submissions until 5pm, Friday 22nd May 2020. 

Public Notice for Further Submissions
Summary of Submissions

Further submissions may only be lodged by any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest or that has an interest in the plan change greater than the interest the public has, or by the local authority itself.
Further submissions must be limited to matters either in support of or in opposition to an original submission made on Plan Change 3. This must be in writing and in accordance with Form 6, which is available below or from the Council Administration Building. Further submissions must be served on Ashburton District Council and a copy must be provided to the person who made the original submission no later than 5 working days after a further submission is provided to Council.

Further submission can be lodged:
Posted to: Planning Team, Ashburton District Council, P.O. Box 94,
Ashburton 7740
Delivered-to: Council Offices at 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton
Emailed to:  


Public submissions on Plan Change 3 closed at 5pm on Thursday 27th February 2020. Eleven submissions were received in relation to plan Change 3 and can be viewed below: 

B and M Francis
Brian and Judith Box​
David Jill and Debbie Geddes
Edward J Wood
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
GA and AJ Reith
L Francis
N and B Ridder
NZ Transport Agency
S and K Clements
S Reilly

Resource consents​​​

There is no notified resource consents being processed at this time. 

​​Resource Consents granted 

Click here​​​​​​​​​​​​ to view the list of Resource Consents granted under delegated authority for the month of June.​​

State of the Environment Reporting ​

Read about State of the Environment Reporting​ undertaken in 2017 and 2018.​

​​Application to remove a heritage item from the District Plan Schedule

Currently, the Ashburton District Plan lists the ​Peter Cates Grain Store at 229-241 West Street, Ashburton in its Schedule of Heritage buildings/items (H9, Appendix 12.1). The application, which follows, seeks to remove that listing on the basis that its current owner is unable to make an economic return given the costs of retaining and refurbishing the building to rentable state.

The application has been made to the Environment Court under section 85 of the Resource Management Act. It follows an earlier application for resource consent to demolish the building that was declined by the Council (LUC15/0006). An appeal by the current owner against that decision was subsequently withdrawn prior to the lodging of the section 85 application.

While the application is to be heard by the Environment Court, the Council has been asked to 'host' the application, along with any submissions and hearing documents, including any minutes and directions from the Court, on its website. Accordingly, all documents relevant to the application will be posted below and may be accessed by any party or the general public.

If you have any queries regarding the application, please contact the applicant (C/- the address for service in the application), or the Environment Court Registrar at Christchurch regarding the lodging of submissions.​

Section 85 Application: Part 1 and Part 2
Cates Annex 7
Cates Annex 8
Cates Annex 9
Cates Annex 10
Cates Annex 11
Cates Annex 12
C​ates Annex 13
Cates Annex 14
Cates Annex 15

Public Notice
Form 37
Minutes from Environment Court​ - 8 February
Minutes from Environment Court - 14 March

​​The following ​responses ​to the public notice ​​have been received

N. Gilkison
M. Hanrahan
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Historic Places Mid Canterbury
M. Watson

Expert witness evidence

Ashburton District Council (Baird)
Ashburton District Council (Fletcher)
N. Gilkison
M. Hanrahan
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (Rykers)
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (Whybrew)
Historic Places Mid Canterbury
M. Watson

Supplementary Evidence

Redmond - Barry Redmond
Redmond - Barry Redmond (BNZ letter)
Redmond - Clark McLeod
Redmond - David Harford

​​Conferencing Statements​

Agreed Statement of Facts
Joint Witness Statement - Heritage
Joint Witness Statement - Redmond Retail Ltd

Rebuttal Evidence​

Redmond-Barry Redmond
Redmond-Clark McLeod
Redmond-David Harford

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