On Monday, 23 December the Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, announced she has decided to use the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to amend the Christchurch District Plan to enable the operation and use of Hagley Oval.

The Associate Minister approved the Proposal, prepared by Regenerate Christchurch on behalf of the Canterbury Cricket Trust, to make the changes to the District Plan.

In a separate process, the Christchurch City Council – which leases the Hagley Oval to the Canterbury Cricket Trust – has decided to grant the ground lease to enable the installation of permanent floodlights.

Regenerate Christchurch media release can be found here

Information on the Associate Minister's decision can be found here


Section 71 Proposal Process
Prior to submitting the Proposal, Regenerate Christchurch sought the views of our strategic partners (Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Regional Council (ECan), Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council) and the Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) under Section 66 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016. Their feedback is summarised in the Concise Statement of Views document which can be found here.

Documents which are referenced in the Proposal can be accessed through the following links:

Economic Technical Report, Mike Copeland, July 2019
Lighting Work by Signify Ltd, March 2019
Memorandum to Regenerate Christchurch, Canterbury Cricket Trust, July 2019
Planning Assessment, Incite, September 2019
The International Cricket Opportunity for Christchurch, New Zealand Cricket, July 2019

Additional background information can be found here.