Intensive Farming Consent Information

On the 3rd of April, Horizons received the Environment Court's decision on Wellington Fish & Game and the Environmental Defence Society’s application for declarations. The focus of the declarations was on the implementation of rules in the One Plan that require resource consents for intensive farming activities (Rules 14-1 to 14-4 of the One Plan, covering land use and associated discharges). 

Many of you may be nervous about what this ruling means for the intensive farming resource consent process as it applies to you, whether you have already been granted consent, you have a current application that has been lodged with Horizons, or you have yet to apply for an intensive farming consent.

The declarations issued by the Court have no direct effect on intensive farming consents that have already been granted. Those consents, and their conditions, remain valid. Farmers with existing consents should continue to work to the conditions of their consents.

However, the declarations do have a direct impact on the way the Council must process and consider consent applications from the date of the Court's decision, and as a result this page now contains documents that will provide guidance to those looking to apply for a resource consent for intensive farming activities. 
 

One Plan FAQs

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One Plan FAQs

This document will help to answer some of the common questions and uncertainties that have arisen from the Court's decision.

Intensive Farming - Overview Document

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An overview of applying for an intensive farming consent

This document walks you through all of the steps necessary before filling out the appropriate application forms.

Intensive Farming - Application Guide

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Consent application guide for intensive farming

This guide will help to assist applicants and their technical advisors in the preparation of resource consent applications for intensive farming activities under the Horizons One Plan.

Nutrient Management Plan Template

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Nutrient Management Plan Template

This document is the suggested template for a Nutrient Management Plan.  The template is designed to provide the information required in an NMP, but also minimise repetition from the information required in the application forms.  Please contact the Rural Advice Team on 0508 800 800 for an editable copy. 

Statutory Provisions

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Statutory Provisions