20 Feb 2015

Port rule debate goes back to council

2:41 pm on 20 February 2015

A group of Auckland councillors angry at the city's port company have won the right to re-run a debate on the council's stance to future reclamation in the Waitemata Harbour.

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Photo: RNZ / Todd Niall

The council's Development Committee will reconvene behind closed doors next Thursday to possibly harden its stance on the planning rules it would like to have imposed on the port area.

The move follows two instances in the past week where the council-owned Ports of Auckland, surprised councillors, first with plans to start extending Bledisloe Wharf, then to demolish part of Marsden Wharf.

The group of nine wants to overturn the council's submission to an independent panel which will decide the planning rules, and return to a more rigorous regime which the port company opposes.

Whatever the outcome next week, it will be the Independent Panel's job late next year to decide

the planning rules for the port area.

The two sides of the Bledisloe Terminal (foreground) will be built 98 metres further into the harbour, with the port later hoping to reclaim the space between them.

Last week the port announced work on extension to Bledisloe Terminal (foreground) would begin in April. Photo: SUPPLIED / Ports of Auckland

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