Castle Hill wind farm project updates
Following the resource consents being confirmed by the Environment Court, Genesis Energy has started planning for the next phase of the project. See Newsletter 6 for further details.
Resource consents were confirmed by the Environment Court of the Castle Hill Wind Farm. Read the full Media Statement here.
Genesis Energy received the Castle Hill Wind Farm final resource consent decision on Monday 11 June.
The Hearing Commissioners have granted all consents for the proposed development of the Castle Hill Wind Farm in the Wairarapa subject to some exceptions and conditions.
Genesis Energy, Castle Hill Wind Farm Comunity Action Group, Alfredton Education Trust and Board of Trustees of Alfredton School appealed the decision to the Environment Court. Discussions are continuing between the parties. See Newsletter 5 for further details.
Independent Commissioners, appointed by four councils, released a preliminary decision on 13 April 2012 which set out tentative conclusions to the resource consent applications and provided Genesis Energy with the opportunity to provide further information.
Genesis Energy responded to the preliminary decision and requested the Commissioners issue a final decision based on the information before them. This is expected in early June.
December 2011 – February 2012
A joint council hearing commenced on 28 November 2011 for eight days and a further four days commencing on 24 January 2012. The hearing panel consisted of three independently appointed commissioners representing all four councils. They are Mr Philip Milne, Mr David McMahon and Mr Roger Lane.
Following the adjournment of the hearing on 27 January 2012 Genesis Energy submitted its final evidence, right of reply and closing legal submissions in writing on 20 February 2012.
November 2011 update
The council evidence (officers reports) have been released and both the Regional and District Councils have recommended approval of the Castle Hill Wind Farm subject to recommended conditions. Genesis Energy submitted its primary evidence for the upcoming hearing and is reviewing the recommended resource consent conditions and preparing supplementary evidence to address matters raised in the officers reports. Genesis Energy supplementary evidence will be available at the commencement of the hearing. The hearing commences on the 28 November and is being held at Gateway Motor Inn, 290 High Street South, Masterton. The hearing is open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. A hearing schedule will be available in the Horizons web site prior to the hearing commencing.
August 2011 update
On 1 of August 2011, resource consent applications for the Castle Hill Wind Farm were lodged with Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils and Masterton and Tararua District Councils.
We are looking forward to the next steps in the process which will include public notification and submission period, council assessment and recommendation report and a consent hearing. See Newsletter 4 for further details.
April 2011 update
The second public open day for the Castle Hill Wind Farm was held on 1 and 2 April 2011 at the Alfredton Hall.
The open day was an opportunity for the public to see the progress made since the last open day in September 2010, meet the team, learn about wind farm development and offer feedback on the proposal.
Thanks to those of you who attended the open day. See Newsletter 3 for further details.
March 2011 update
The second public open day for the Castle Hill Wind Farm is being held on 1 and 2 April 2011 at the Alfredton Hall.
The open day is an opportunity for the public to come and see the progress we've made since the last open day in September 2010, meet the team, learn about wind farm development and offer your feedback on the proposal.
September 2010 update
The first public open day for the Castle Hill Wind Farm was held in September at the Alfredton Hall.
See Newsletters 1 & 2 below for further details.