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New land legislation could not cease controversial Lincoln subdivision

New authorities laws to guard worthwhile food-producing land could also be too late to cease a deliberate large-scale subdivision close to Christchurch.

The long-awaited Nationwide Coverage Assertion for Extremely Productive Land was revealed this week and is anticipated to convey safety to New Zealand’s most fertile soils.

The Carter Group has been granted permission by Selwyn District Council to construct a 1710 housing growth in Lincoln, a part of it on productive food-growing land, say objectors.

A residents’ group, Lincoln Voice, is presently preventing Carter’s subdivision, generally known as Lincoln South, within the Surroundings Court docket, opposing the District Council’s acceptance of the Carter Group’s Zoning 69 utility.

Lincoln South is deliberate to cowl 190ha of rural land on the southern fringe of Lincoln, which might enhance the variety of dwellings within the metropolis by round 55 per cent.

Lincoln Voice spokeswoman Denise Carrick welcomed the discharge of the brand new laws, which has lastly come by after many delays.

Group members have been nonetheless consulting with attorneys and specialists on whether or not NPS-HPL would strengthen their case in environmental courtroom.

“At the very least it is going to cease this taking place elsewhere in Selwyn and New Zealand and it is an ideal step ahead for a beautiful future for our land, our meals provide and the environment,” Carrick mentioned.

Director of Bioprotection Aotearoa, based mostly on the College of Lincoln, Professor Amanda Black, mentioned the NPS-HPL would take at the very least three-and-a-half years to implement.

“Whereas it goes into impact on October 17, 2022, any nation that has already been marked for partition will nonetheless proceed,” Black mentioned.

This included Lincoln South.

“There are additionally various exceptions to the safety of extremely productive land, which raises questions – will the NPS-HPL be capable of adequately shield our future meals provide? And is not it too late?” she mentioned.

Lincoln colleague Dr Trish Fraser, scientific group chief in plant and meals analysis, mentioned the brand new laws could be a game-changer for Selwyn.

NPS-HPL would imply that the district council must give extra consideration to the kind of land within the space proposed for subdivision.

“So they are going to have extra cause to reject purposes than earlier than the place the worth of the land was ignored,” Fraser mentioned.

The district council has confronted a wave of zoning change requests over the previous two years as builders make the most of laws aimed toward addressing New Zealand’s housing scarcity.

The Nationwide Coverage Assertion for City Growth was launched in 2020.

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