Chorus given more time on cable consent

Chorus has proposed revised conditions and putting the line underground is an option.

Chorus has proposed revised conditions and putting the line underground is an option.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS infrastructure company Chorus has been given more time to complete its review of the conditions for its resource consent for ultra-fast broadband cabling at Wainui, the District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee was told.

The council previously reviewed its decision-making process that led to the granting of a resource consent for the overhead line, which attracted widespread criticism from residents.

The council engaged Auckland landscape architect firm Hudson Associates to review Chorus’s application and it reported that there were inaccuracies present that materially affected the decision-making process in the granting of the resource consent.

Chorus was given 30 working days to propose revised conditions of consent to reduce the effects of the overhead fibre along Moana Road where the Hudson Report identified the effects of the cable on the outlook from houses.

The council will then make a decision on whether a consent application should be publicly notified.

Consents manager Reginald Proffit said it was intended that the review from Chorus would be obtained on March 18 but further information was required from Chorus and the timeline would have to be pushed out further.

While no timeline was established, Chorus would have to respond within the statutory requirements which was 20 working days. The important thing was to get good information.

Alan Davidson said the line had been taken down and the council was in a stalled situation. Andy Cranston asked if there had been much done on putting the line underground.

Mr Proffit said Chorus had proposed revised conditions and that was what was being looked at at this stage. Putting them underground was an option.

Environmental and regulatory services group manager Kevin Strongman said Chorus could come back beforehand — it had been relatively quick with information.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said she was sure the Wainui community would await the Chorus reply with interest.

Mr Proffit said a decision on whether the application needed to be notified would be made when Chorus responded.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS infrastructure company Chorus has been given more time to complete its review of the conditions for its resource consent for ultra-fast broadband cabling at Wainui, the District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee was told.

The council previously reviewed its decision-making process that led to the granting of a resource consent for the overhead line, which attracted widespread criticism from residents.

The council engaged Auckland landscape architect firm Hudson Associates to review Chorus’s application and it reported that there were inaccuracies present that materially affected the decision-making process in the granting of the resource consent.

Chorus was given 30 working days to propose revised conditions of consent to reduce the effects of the overhead fibre along Moana Road where the Hudson Report identified the effects of the cable on the outlook from houses.

The council will then make a decision on whether a consent application should be publicly notified.

Consents manager Reginald Proffit said it was intended that the review from Chorus would be obtained on March 18 but further information was required from Chorus and the timeline would have to be pushed out further.

While no timeline was established, Chorus would have to respond within the statutory requirements which was 20 working days. The important thing was to get good information.

Alan Davidson said the line had been taken down and the council was in a stalled situation. Andy Cranston asked if there had been much done on putting the line underground.

Mr Proffit said Chorus had proposed revised conditions and that was what was being looked at at this stage. Putting them underground was an option.

Environmental and regulatory services group manager Kevin Strongman said Chorus could come back beforehand — it had been relatively quick with information.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said she was sure the Wainui community would await the Chorus reply with interest.

Mr Proffit said a decision on whether the application needed to be notified would be made when Chorus responded.

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