Fulton Hogan quarry application granted
The three independent commissioners appointed by Environment Canterbury and Selwyn District Council (SDC) have granted the resource consent applications by Fulton Hogan Limited (FHL) to operate a new quarry (to be known as "Roydon Quarry") between Curraghs, Dawsons, Maddisons and Jones Road, approximately 700m to the west of Templeton township.
The decision was released publicly on 24 April 2020. Submitters and the applicant have 15 working days to appeal the decision.
View the full hearing decision.
The resource consents applied for by FHL included:
- Land use permits from SDC to establish and operate the quarry, and to rehabilitate the site; and
- Land use, discharge and water permits from Environment Canterbury for excavation and the deposition of cleanfill, discharges to air, stormwater and to take water for quarry operations and dust suppression.
The consents have been granted for a period of 35 years.
After considering the evidence presented by the applicant, submitters and the reporting officers, the commissioners concluded that the actual and potential adverse effects of the applications would either be demonstrably minor or could be suitably avoided, remedied or mitigated by the conditions imposed on the consents.
These conditions include:
- Preparation of management plans for managing dust, cleanfill, stormwater, spills at the site (for Environment Canterbury consents) and landscape, transportation and routing, Roydon Quarry SH1/Dawsons Road queue management, noise and site rehabilitation (for SDC consents).
- Certification of these plans by the relevant councils.
- Measures to ensure that the effects associated with dust emissions from the site are unlikely to be objectionable or offensive beyond the site boundary.
- Monitoring of PM10 emissions from the site.
- Assessing PM10 emissions against consent limits and implementing additional mitigation measures if these limits are exceeded.
- Ceasing quarrying activities and providing a PM10 offset should monitoring identify that Regulation 17(1) of the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Air Quality) Regulations 2004 has been breached by quarrying activities.
- Developing and implementing a Respiratory Crystalline Silica (RCS) monitoring programme for the site for a 12-month period.
- Monitoring groundwater quality to determine if quarrying activities are affecting groundwater.
- Setting up a complaints' register and a community liaison group.
- Providing a bond to secure the rehabilitation of the site, groundwater monitoring and remediation of groundwater, if necessary.
Process info and stats
The consent applications were received in November 2018. The applications were publicly notified and 327 parties were directly served notice of the applications. In total, 454 submissions were received – of those:
- 354 opposed the applications;
- 92 supported the applications;
- 8 indicated they were neutral to the applications;
- 177 indicated that they wished to be heard; and
- 277 indicated that they did not wish to be heard.