Focus on the Land
Nod for 8000 campers at Waiohika
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
RHYTHM and Vines promoters have gained permission for extra campers on the Waiohika Estate site without having to go through a hearing.
Gisborne District Council environment and policy group manager Hans van Kregten said the hearing scheduled for today had been cancelled.
Two submissions had been received in opposition to the proposal, he said. One had been withdrawn and the other submitter indicated that she did not wish to be heard.
That meant the application had been approved by staff, under delegated authority, for this year’s Rhythm and Vines music festival only.
The application sought consent to increase the maximum number of campers from 5000 to 8000 for the 2012 Rhythm and Vines festival and to 10,000 for the following years. The proposed increase in camper numbers was also for all other events that may be undertaken at Waiohika Estate.
The application was publicly notified and six submissions were received, with two submitters opposing the increase in camper numbers. The issues raised in the opposing submissions, including a submission from the New Zealand Police, were impacts on safety, security and amenity values.
After discussions with the applicant, the police withdrew their opposition to an increase to 8000 campers for the 2012 event. Police maintained their opposition for a further increase to 10,000 campers for subsequent years.
The applicant then agreed to accept a consent solely for an increase to 8000 campers for the 2012 Rhythm and Vines festival. They now plan to apply again for the further increase for 10,000 campers after the 2012 event.
This provided for the police and the council to assess whether the increase to 8000 campers was satisfactorily managed before submitting on any further applications.
No other submitters had advised that they wished to be heard in respect of their submission.
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