Fill site to go ahead fol­low­ing ap­peal


A com­mu­nity fight to stop a man­aged fill has been lost in the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

The Black­bridge En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety (BEPS) has been work­ing to pre­vent a pro­posed man­aged fill operation at 294 Black­bridge Rd, Dairy Flat, since 2015.

Nor­shu Bulc Lim­ited ap­plied for con­sent to es­tab­lish and op­er­ate the site which would see 940,000 cu­bic me­tres of man­aged fill trucked in from build­ing sites over 10 years. Man­aged fill in­cludes con­tam­i­nants or haz­ardous sub­stance lev­els that are higher than nat­u­ral back­ground lev­els, but where ad­verse en­vi­ron­ment and health ef­fects re­main less than mi­nor.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for 240 truck move­ments per day, six days a week, was de­clined by Auck­land Coun­cil. Nor­shu Bulc ap­pealed, amend­ing their ap­pli­ca­tion to 600,000cum.

Res­i­dents formed BEPS to sup­port the coun­cil de­fend­ing the ap­peal and were con­cerned about the ef­fects of noise, wa­ter­way con­tam­i­na­tion, dust nui­sance and safety haz­ards.

In a re­vised ap­pli­ca­tion, and fol­low­ing me­di­a­tion, Nor­shu Bulc re­duced the amount of truck move­ments to 160 per day on week­days only.

It also made mod­i­fi­ca­tions to ad­dress the coun­cil and res­i­dents’ traf­fic con­cerns with mi­nor al­ter­ations to the Black­bridge Rd, Post­man Rd and Dairy Flat High­way in­ter­sec­tion, up­grad­ing a one-way bridge pri­or­ity sig­nage and im­ple­ment­ing a pedes­trian/ cy­cle/eques­trian ad­vanced warn­ing sys­tem at the one-way bridge, and in­stalling pipes in four road­side chan­nel sec­tions to im­prove pedes­trian and eques­trian ac­cess to the berm. The com­pany would also seal the full length of the un­sealed sec­tion of its ac­cess road and in­stall a dust mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem to re­duce dust emis­sions to ac­cept­able lev­els.

Eco­log­i­cal con­cerns were ad­dressed with ef­forts in­clud­ing ri­par­ian plant­ing, pro­tec­tion and restora­tion of wet­lands, and the cap­ture and re­lo­ca­tion of lizards and fish. En­vi­ron­ment Court judges and com­mis­sion­ers granted con­sent sub­ject to con­di­tions.

‘‘We find that the ad­verse dust, noise, vis­ual and traf­fic ef­fects on life­style amenity ... will be no more than mi­nor.

‘‘Any po­ten­tial ad­verse ef­fects aris­ing from the operation of the fill site will be largely in­ter­nalised on site or mit­i­gated to an ac­cept­able level,’’ they said.


A fill site has been ap­proved af­ter an En­vi­ron­ment Court ap­peal.

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