Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit

Bell Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

Submissions Closed: 4:30pm on Friday 23 March 2018

The applicant asked Council to suspend the processing of the application. This suspension is due to expire on 1 February 2019.

We have not set a date for the Hearing yet.

You can download a copy of the application documents or view the submissions through the links at the bottom of this page.

Current status

The applicant asked for the processing of the consent application to be put on hold under s91A of the RMA, while they talked to submitters. They asked for and obtained an extension to this supension period. A copy of that request and the Council's decision is located in the documents below, in the folder '03 Other material'.  

What happens next

The next step usually involves going to a Hearing. 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. We do not have a date for the Hearing yet. 

If you made a submission and said you wanted to speak at the Hearing, we will email or write to you to tell you its date. When we let you know that date, we will also inform you exactly when the Council planner's recommendation on the application will be available on our website, which is at least 15 working days before the start of the Hearing. 

The applicant also has to give the Council their evidence 10 working days before the Hearing, and we will make it available to you via links from this web page.

If you are a submitter and you are getting technical specilalists (eg a planner or some other professional) to provide evidence to support your submission, we will need a copy of their expert evidence at least five working days before the start of the Hearing. 

If you are a submitter and 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/- Stantec New Zealand, PO Box 13052, Armagh, Christchurch 8141 Attn: Rob Lieffering

Or email: