An aerial view of the quarry on Saddle Hill, near Dunedin,
from two weeks ago. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Quarrying has not changed Saddle Hill's profile during
the past seven years, a Dunedin City Council landscape
After comparing past and present photographs, the council had
"no immediate concerns" about the visual effects of quarrying
on Saddle Hill, both Mosgiel Taieri and Saddle Hill community
boards will be told at meetings this week.
Resource consents manager Alan Worthington said a landscape
architect had reviewed aerial photographs of Saddle Hill from
2000-07 and compared the present views at various public
viewing points with earlier photographic views of the hill.
The adverse effects on natural character and visual
importance had been assessed as "minor to moderate" and the
skyline profile was described as "relatively unchanged".
The boards asked council staff to investigate concerns of
Taieri residents, who wanted the shape of the landmark hill
protected against quarrying activity.
Saddle Hill property owner Colin Mackintosh told the Mosgiel
Taieri board in June the shape of the hill had deteriorated
in the past 40 years.
Saddle Hill's distinctive shape was remarked on by Captain
Cook more than 200 years ago.
Mr Worthington said the council was still investigating
existing use rights of the quarry.
It was not known when the quarry was started and if it had
been lawfully established.
If it had, existing use rights would need to be examined to
see what they allowed and how much quarrying could be
undertaken, Mr Worthington said.
Investigating historic records was not a five-minute job and
if the quarry was established before the first district plan
in the 1950s it would be even more difficult to trace
The quarry is leased to council subsidiary Delta Utility
Services by Saddle View Estate director and quarry owner