Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit

Status: We're currently organising a timetable for a hearing (and the evidence exchange) for these applications for replacement resource consents for Bell Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Bell Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

We have not set a date for the Hearing yet.

The processing of the application recommenced on 4 July 2019 and we're currently arranging a timetable for the hearing and exchange of evidence.

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

What happens next

The next step 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. It's on the website at least 15 working days before the Hearing. 

The applicant also has to give the Council their evidence 10 working days before the Hearing. Again, we will make it available from this webpage.

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

Previous status updates:

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

After the submission period closed, the applicant asked Council to suspend processing on 5 April 2018 to talk to submitters.

As a result of consultation with submitters, the applicant gave the Council more information on odour and cultural effects on 20 December 2018

Council agreed three times to extend to the time processing was on hold.  


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