Mayfield Hinds Valetta Irrigation Scheme’s application for consent renewal
Recently, several media stories have focused on Mayfield Hinds Valetta Irrigation Scheme’s application for a renewal of its consent.
The independent hearing commissioner closed the hearing on 6 April 2021 and a decision is expected by the end of the month. See below for some of the commonly asked questions about this application.
Commonly asked questions
Notification of this application to the wider public was therefore unavailable to the Council, however the application was notified to Ngāi Tahu due to the potential adverse effects on the Hakatere / Ashburton River due to the Statutory Acknowledgement.
MHV’s application (CRC185857) was therefore notified to the extent legally possible. Further information and documentation relating to this application, including the s42A Officer’s Report, which set out the terms on which Environment Canterbury is processing this consent application, are available on the consent search web page under the ‘Related Info’ tab.
We will soon be reviewing our plan and must, in accordance with the NPSFM 2020, notify a new plan that is compliant with the NPS’ standards by December 2024. That process will also obviously be a fully public process.
For a summary and advice on the Government's Essential Freshwater package and Te Mana o te Wai, plus frequently asked questions, which we're regularly reviewing and updating please see the below links.
Here are some links to additional information:
- Essential Freshwater package – our advice
- Te Mana o te Wai and resource consents - our initial advice
- Essential Freshwater package and Canterbury rules – FAQs
- Technical documents for consent applications
Other mid-Canterbury irrigation schemes applying for consents
We have also received applications from the Barrhill-Chertsey Irrigation Limited (BCI) (CRC184159 & CRC211511) and Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation Limited (ALIL) (CRC185469) irrigation schemes. As BCI’s command area straddles two planning zones, it requires two applications.
Notification of these applications was also precluded (also following public planning processes), except to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in relation to the Hakatere / Ashburton River. Both applications have been limited notified to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
ALIL was heard by an Independent Commissioner on Monday 15 February but the hearing has yet to be closed. BCI has yet to have a hearing date set down and so hasn’t been heard.
The consenting process
When a resource consent application is received by the council, we must process it in accordance with the Resource Management Act 1991 including consideration of the effects of a proposal. As part of this process, we must consider whether public notification is required under Section 95A of the Resource Management Act.
In situations where notification is specifically precluded (as was the case when the notification decision on these applications was made), we are unable to notify the application on the basis of adverse environmental effects. Read more about the notification process.