Willowbank Quarry - Publicly Notified Consent

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Submissions have now closed. Please contact genevieve.walker@gw.govt.nz if you have any concerns or questions.

This application has been notified concurrently with Porirua City Council. For details regarding the application or to make a submission to Porirua City Council please see the website below:

https://poriruacity.govt.nz/your-council/getting-involved/public-consultation/

Overview

This application seeks resource consents from Wellington Regional (Greater Wellingon) for the continued operation and long-term expansion of Willowbank Quarry (the Quarry), located on Willowbank Farm, in Judgeford, Porirua.

Project description

The proposal consists of the continued operation and expansion of the Quarry, which requires resource consents from Greater Wellington for roading and tracking activities

Submissions have now closed. Please contact genevieve.walker@gw.govt.nz if you have any concerns or questions.

This application has been notified concurrently with Porirua City Council. For details regarding the application or to make a submission to Porirua City Council please see the website below:

https://poriruacity.govt.nz/your-council/getting-involved/public-consultation/

Overview

This application seeks resource consents from Wellington Regional (Greater Wellingon) for the continued operation and long-term expansion of Willowbank Quarry (the Quarry), located on Willowbank Farm, in Judgeford, Porirua.

Project description

The proposal consists of the continued operation and expansion of the Quarry, which requires resource consents from Greater Wellington for roading and tracking activities, earthworks and vegetation clearance, discharge of contaminants to land and water, discharge of cleanfill material to land, reclamation and diversion of streams, installation of culverts, and works within significant natural wetlands.

The Quarry is an open cast aggregate extraction site, set within rolling hills located approximately 2.8km south of the Paremata-Haywards Road (State Highway 58). The Quarry was re-commissioned in 2019 to provide aggregate for the Transmission Gully Project, which highlighted the need for aggregate for infrastructure and development projects across the Wellington region. The applicant has proposed to partner with Fulton Hogan Limited as the new, long term quarry operator, and seeks consent for a 35 year duration.

The proposal will involve the following activities:

  • Installation of fences and bunds along the access track;
  • Vegetation clearance and tree removal;
  • Excavation of cut faces, benches and access tracks;
  • Construction of a stream diversion channel;
  • Establishment of two new overburden disposal areas (referred to as Fill Site 1 and 2);
  • Upgrade of an existing culvert for access to Fill Site 2;
  • Installation of a temporary culvert access to Quarry Area 2;
  • Deposition of overburden material to the fill sites; and
  • Staged expansion and operation of the Willowbank Quarry.

Resource consents

Land use consents are required for:

  • To undertake roading and tracking associated with the upgrade of existing farm access tracks.
  • Earthworks associated with the construction of access tracks, removal and disposal of overburden (cleanfill) and quarry activities.
  • Land disturbance within a significant natural wetland, including excavation and deposition associated with the upgraded of an existing culvert structure.
  • Works within the bed of a river including excavation and deposition associated with the installation of a temporary culvert.
  • Reclamation of the beds of ephemeral and perennial tributaries of the Pāuatahanui stream.

Water permits are required for:

  • Diversion of water out of an existing farm dam into a constructed stream bed.
  • To permanently and temporarily divert surface water from perennial and ephemeral tributaries of the Pāuatahanui Stream into constructed diversion channel.
  • Diversion of water within 100m of a natural wetland.

Discharge permits are required for:

  • Discharge of contaminants, including sediment-laden water and stormwater to land where it may enter a surface water body from cleanfilling and earthworks and works in the bed of a river.

  • Discharge of contaminants, including sediment-laden water and stormwater to land where it may enter a significant natural wetland from cleanfilling and earthworks and works in the bed of a significant natural wetland.

Full details of the application and consents required can be found in the application, attached appendices, and further information responses.


Statutory Framework

The Project has been assessed against the relevant planning documents under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The development of the project took into account relevant National Policy Statements, the Regional Policy Statement for the Wellington Region, operative and proposed regional and district plans. This project has been assessed as being generally consistent with the relevant provisions in these documents.

Application documents

Resource consent applications, including the Assessment of Environmental Effects report and all supporting information, can be viewed on this page. Alternatively, hard copies can be viewed at the following places during operating hours (on request):

  • Greater Wellington, 100 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011.

Submissions

Any person may make a submission on this application. Submissions can be made online below.

To obtain a paper copy of the submission form to post or hand deliver to Greater Wellington, please contact us on 0800 496 734. If your submission form is not submitted through this Have Your Say website, a copy of your submission must also be served on the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission to Greater Wellington.


Applicant: Willowbank Trustee Limited (C/o - Beca Limited).

Addresses for service: Beca Limited, 85 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 (ATTN: Aimee Brown), Aimee.Brown2@beca.com

Greater Wellington PO Box 11646, Manners St, Wellington 6142, Attn: Manager, Environmental Regulation, notifications@gw.govt.nz(External link)

Alternatively, submissions can be dropped off in person at Greater Wellington office during office hours (100 Cuba Street, Wellington).

Submissions must be received no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday 11 January 2022.

As a submitter, you are legally required to provide a copy of your full submission, including your personal details to the applicants. If you fill in the online form below, this will happen automatically - it will be your responsibility if you provide a submission in writing.

For guidance on writing a submission, and the submission process, you can refer to the Ministry for the Environment's guidance document.(External link)

If you have any question about the application or submission process, please contact Environmental Technical Support, Greater Wellington on 0800 496 734 or email notifications@gw.govt.nz

  • Making an online submission

    The information requested in this online submission form is required under the Resource Management Act 1991, and your submission will be automatically provided to Greater Wellington.

    How we’ll use your information

    The information collected from you in your submission is held securely by Greater Wellington. We use this information to contact you and keep you informed of the process; to serve your submission on the applicant; and to inform and advise the applicant, other submitters, the decision-maker and the public about the resource consent application. Your submission, or a summary of it, will be made publicly available on Greater Wellington’s website. Any non-published information can also be requested by the public under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

    Find out more in the Willowbank Quarry Privacy Statement which is included in the Documents section on home page for this consultation.

    If you have any concerns about this process, please contact notifications@gw.govt.nz before lodging your submission.

    Note to submitter

    The closing date for serving submissions on the consent authority is the 20th working day after the date on which public or limited notification is given. 

    If you are a trade competitor, your right to make a submission may be limited by the trade competition provisions in Part 11A of the Resource Management Act 1991.

    If you make a request under section 100A of the Resource Management Act 1991, you must do so in writing no later than 5 working days after the close of submissions and you may be liable to meet or contribute to the costs of the hearings commissioner or commissioners. 

    Please note that your submission (or part of your submission) may be struck out if the authority is satisfied that at least 1 of the following applies to the submission (or part of the submission):

    • it is frivolous or vexatious:

    • it discloses no reasonable or relevant case:

    • it would be an abuse of the hearing process to allow the submission (or the part) to be taken further:

    • it contains offensive language:

    • it is supported only by material that purports to be independent expert evidence, but has been prepared by a person who is not independent or who does not have sufficient specialized knowledge or skill to give expert advice on the matter.

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