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Published: 2008-02-01 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has confirmed it is seeking information from Blacktop Construction Ltd about whether the company is intending to apply for a land use consent from Hamilton City Council for its proposed asphalt manufacturing plant in Riverlea.

Blacktop Construction Ltd applied to Environment Waikato for an air discharge resource consent for the proposed plant last year.

An Environment Waikato hearing committee is scheduled to decide whether or not to grant the application this month.

However, the company was given notice from Hamilton City Council this week that it needs a land use consent to operate at Riverlea.

Environment Waikato has asked Blacktop Construction Ltd to confirm whether or not it intends to apply for a land use consent from Hamilton City Council by the end of this week.

If a land use consent application is made, the regional council will need to decide whether to defer the hearing for the air discharge consent so a joint hearing with Hamilton City Council can be arranged.

“We have not yet heard from Blacktop Construction Ltd, but we have given them until the end of this week to respond,” processing industry programme manager David Stagg said.

“In the interests of following a fair process we have given them time to do this, and we will not be making a decision on whether or not to defer the hearing until early next week.”