Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit

Status: The hearing for this application for resource consents for Bell Island Wastewater Treatment Plant starts on Monday 11 November 2019. The agenda for the Hearing including the s42A report and recommendation has been released.

Bell Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

Hearing: Monday 11 November to Wednesday 13 November 2019.

Starts: 1pm 11 November 2019 

Venue: Beachside Event Centre, 70 Beach Road, Tahuna

[last updated 17 October 2019]

What happens next

At a Hearing the decision maker(s) considers the evidence from everyone, and submitters who wanted to be heard can explain in greater detail their submission. Before the hearing most of the evidence is shared so that everyone can read it beforehand. 

The Commissioners released a minute on 13 September to set down the timetable, process and information requirements for anybody involved in the Hearing. Youc an see it in the Documents section below.  

The timetable is: 

  • Council planner recommendation (s42A report) - available below.  
  • Applicant evidence by 2:30pm 24 October 2019 - made available on this webpage by 4:30pm.
  • Submitter technical evidence by 2:30pm 1 November 2019 - made available on this webpage by 4:30pm
    (technical evidence is prepared by an independent professional, such as a planner, engineer etc who has the competencies in a specific area of expertise).

If you're a submitter who isn't getting a professional to provide technical evidence - you give your evidence at the Hearing.  

If you have any questions, they can be emailed to the Council at

Application details


Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit.


Bell Island, Waimea Inlet; 150 Bell Island Access, via Best Island; and adjacent coastal marine area.

Legal description

Island No 2 Bell Waimea East District (CT56/193); and coastal marine area.

Consent type, application number and proposal

Details of the proposal are summarised in the public notice, and the resource consents sought include:

Discharge to coastal water (application RM171238)

Replacement for Permit NN000539V2 - Discharge of treated wastewater into Waimea Inlet from Bell Island WWTP.

Discharge to air (application RM171255)

Replacement for Permit NN000541 - Discharge of contaminants (primarily odour) to air from Bell Island WWTP.

Discharge to land (application RM171256)

Replacement for Permit RM071151 - To discharge treated wastewater to land (to the north west of the Bell Island WWTP) by way of irrigation.

Discharge to land (application RM171257)

Discharge of treated wastewater to land via seepage from clay-lined facilities (ponds) at the Bell Island WWTP.

Coastal occupation/structure (application RM171258)

To occupy the coastal marine area and to use and maintain an existing pipe and diffuser outlet structure, required for the discharge to coastal water.

Applicant details

The applicant's contact details are:

c/- Duncan Cotterill, PO Box 5, Christchurch 8140
FAO: Katherine Forward


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