A Dunedin business quarrying on Saddle Hill has appealed
the Environment Court's decision that no consent exists for the
The Environment Court ruled in August that no resource
consent existed, or ever existed, for the hill to be
It is expected to decide soon whether that means quarry owner
Saddle Views Estate Ltd has existing use rights to quarry the
hill and, if so, the level of those rights.
Company director Calvin Fisher said it would have been
preferable to have both decisions before appealing, but time
limits required the appeal be lodged. The appeal was based on
points of law and opinion, he said.
''The evidence we produced was factual, hard-hitting and
accurate, and was written by people right up to the minister
of the Crown, and we believe the result requires us to go to
the High Court to argue it out.''
The court stopped the company from quarrying the ridge line
last November after the council applied for an injunction
until a decision was made on the consent and use rights.
Dunedin City Council hearings panel committee chairman Cr
Colin Weatherall said there was relief in August when the
court made the key decision, that no consent existed, in a
long-running dispute. But an appeal was ''not unexpected''
and the council would participate in the process to follow.