News release from EPA
The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street.
The draft report and decision is available on the EPA website here: http://www.epa.govt.nz/Resource-management/Basin_Bridge/Pages/Basin_Bridge.aspx
A total of 215 submissions were received, and evidence was heard from 69 witnesses and representations by a further 74 submitters.
Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. Comments to the EPA need to be received in writing by 5pm 19 August 2014. Comments may be:
· on minor errors in the report
· on the wording of conditions specified in the report
· that there are omissions in the report (for example, if the report does not address a certain issue brought up through submissions or at the hearing)
Parties may not comment on the Board of Inquiry’s decision or its reasons for that decision.
The Board will consider any comments received and then make its decision and prepare a final report. The Board will then produce its final decision, and provide it to the EPA by 30 August.
The Basin Bridge Proposal was referred to the Board of Inquiry by the Minister for the Environment on 3 July 2013.
The Board conducted a hearing between 3 February and 4 June. It ran for 72 sitting days, over a four month period.
The Project consists of a two-lane one way bridge (the Basin Bridge) and involved:
the proposed construction and operation of the 265m long Basin Bridge
• a new Northern Gateway Building within the Basin Reserve
• an elevated shared pedestrian and cycle way on the north side of the Basin Bridge
• a building under the bridge on Bogarts Corner, including a multi-storey planted trellis ‘green screen’ adjacent to the Grandstand Apartments
• landscaping and planting, including an extension to the National War memorial Park
• a clearway on Vivian Street and upgrades to several intersections.
The Board is chaired by Retired Environment and District Court Judge Gordon Whiting. The other three members are David Collins, James Baines, and David McMahon.
The Board makes its decision independently of the EPA and of the Minister. Its decision can be appealed to the High Court on points of law only, and it cannot be overturned by the Minister.