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Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park proposal

Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park Proposal to exercise the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to designate Redcliffs Park for education purposes and for the existing Redcliffs School site to be rezoned as Open Space.

Regenerate Christchurch welcomes the decision by the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration to
approve its proposal that Section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act be used to implement
changes to the Christchurch District Plan. The decision enables Redcliffs School to be re-located to Redcliffs Park and the original school site converted to a park.

It's the first time that Section 71 has been used, and Regenerate Christchurch is looking for more
opportunities to use the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act to support regeneration.

Regenerate Christchurch Chief Executive Ivan Iafeta says schools are core elements of communities.

“Regeneration is about strengthening communities. This is achieved in different ways. In Redcliffs, we saw an opportunity to use the legislation to support the community’s commitment to having a school in its area again. A request by the Ministry of Education for a land swap was accepted by the Christchurch City Council after public consultation found nearly 80 percent of those who made submissions supported the proposal.”

Due to rock falls caused by the 2011 earthquake, the school has been operating at a temporary location more than four kilometres from its original site. In March 2015, the former government proposed the closure of the school. In June 2016, it agreed to return Redcliffs School to the area on the condition it be established on a different site.

Section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act can be used to make changes to the Christchurch
District Plan and other planning documents in order to speed up planning processes. In late January this year, Regenerate Christchurch recommended using the legislation to enable the school to be relocated to Redcliffs Park and the original site converted to a park.

“Prior to making our recommendation to the Minister in January, we sought a range of technical advice, which highlighted to us the complexities of the natural environment in Redcliffs due to its coastal location,” Mr Iafeta says.

“We concluded that, on balance, the proposed location would be appropriate, given the Ministry of Education’s expectation that the new buildings would be in use for about 50 years, and the facilities would be designed to ensure Redcliffs Park was a genuine long-term location for the school.”


Below are number of reports that informed Regenerate Christchurch’s recommendation.


Draft section 71 Proposal dated October 2017
The draft Proposal for the use of Section 71 powers prepared by Regenerate Christchurch.
Draft Redcliffs School Section 71 Proposal



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu's feedback on the draft Proposal.
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Christchurch City Council
Christchurch City Council's feedback on the draft Proposal.
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Christchurch City Council



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s feedback on the draft Proposal
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Environment Canterbury
Environment Canterbury's feedback on the draft Proposal.
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Environment Canterbury



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Waimakiriri District Council
Waimakariri District Council’s feedback on the draft Proposal.
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Waimakiriri District Council



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Selwyn District Council
Selwyn District Council's feedback on the draft Proposal
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Selwyn District Council



Peer review of technical reports on coastal hazards and inundation prepared by Jacobs dated 15 December 2017
Peer review of various technical documents prepared by Tonkin & Taylor in relation to coastal hazards and inundation. Peer review undertaken by Jacobs on behalf of Regenerate Christchurch.
Peer review of technical reports on coastal hazards and inundation (Jacobs)



Planning and regeneration analysis prepared by Regenerate Christchurch
Analysis of the matters raised by the strategic partners and DPMC in their feedback on the draft Proposal.
Planning and regeneration analysis



Finalised Proposal
The finalised Proposal for the use of section 71 powers prepared by Regenerate Christchurch.
Redcliffs School Regeneration project - finalised Proposal



The following documents can be downloaded from the Ministry of Education's Shaping Education website. Please note, some of these documents are very large files.

Document title
Overview of contents
Indicative Concept Drawings
A series of drawings indicating the potential school development.

Ministry of Education School Design Guidelines
A guidance document prepared by the Ministry of Education to set out the Ministry’s requirements and guidelines for designing infrastructure on school sites.

Transport Impact Assessment prepared by Abley Consultants dated 23 May 2017
An assessment of the transportation effects associated with the proposed development of a school at the current Redcliffs Park site.

Intersection Assessment prepared by Abley Consultants dated 8 August 2017
An assessment of the potential transportation effects on the intersection of Main Road, Beachville Road and McCormacks Bay Road arising from the proposed development of a school at the current Redcliffs Park site.

Rockfall Assessment prepared by Tonkin & Taylor dated April 2017
The findings of a rockfall-related risk assessment undertaken in relation to the potential establishment of a school at the Redcliffs Park site.

Geotechnical Report prepared by Tonkin & Taylor dated April 2017
A report that provides the results of a geotechnical investigation and assessment for the potential establishment of a school at the Redcliffs Park site.

Coastal Hazard Assessment prepared by Tonkin & Taylor dated May 2017
Assessment of matters in relation to coastal inundation and coastal erosion as they affect the Redcliffs Park site.
Memo from Tonkin & Taylor to Ministry of Education addressing tsunami hazard and Eliot Sinclair comments dated 4 October 2016
A memorandum that addresses the tsunami hazard affecting the Redcliffs Park site.


Contamination Assessment prepared by Tonkin & Taylor dated April 2017
A report that sets out the findings of a ground contamination investigation at the Redcliffs Park site.



Redcliffs School and Redcliffs Park Proposal to exercise the power under section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 to designate Redcliffs Park for education purposes and for the existing Redcliffs School site to be rezoned as Open Space.

Regenerate Christchurch welcomes the decision by the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration to
approve its proposal that Section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act be used to implement
changes to the Christchurch District Plan. The decision enables Redcliffs School to be re-located to Redcliffs Park and the original school site converted to a park.

It's the first time that Section 71 has been used, and Regenerate Christchurch is looking for more
opportunities to use the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act to support regeneration.

Regenerate Christchurch Chief Executive Ivan Iafeta says schools are core elements of communities.

“Regeneration is about strengthening communities. This is achieved in different ways. In Redcliffs, we saw an opportunity to use the legislation to support the community’s commitment to having a school in its area again. A request by the Ministry of Education for a land swap was accepted by the Christchurch City Council after public consultation found nearly 80 percent of those who made submissions supported the proposal.”

Due to rock falls caused by the 2011 earthquake, the school has been operating at a temporary location more than four kilometres from its original site. In March 2015, the former government proposed the closure of the school. In June 2016, it agreed to return Redcliffs School to the area on the condition it be established on a different site.

Section 71 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act can be used to make changes to the Christchurch
District Plan and other planning documents in order to speed up planning processes. In late January this year, Regenerate Christchurch recommended using the legislation to enable the school to be relocated to Redcliffs Park and the original site converted to a park.

“Prior to making our recommendation to the Minister in January, we sought a range of technical advice, which highlighted to us the complexities of the natural environment in Redcliffs due to its coastal location,” Mr Iafeta says.

“We concluded that, on balance, the proposed location would be appropriate, given the Ministry of Education’s expectation that the new buildings would be in use for about 50 years, and the facilities would be designed to ensure Redcliffs Park was a genuine long-term location for the school.”


Below are number of reports that informed Regenerate Christchurch’s recommendation.


Draft section 71 Proposal dated October 2017
The draft Proposal for the use of Section 71 powers prepared by Regenerate Christchurch.
Draft Redcliffs School Section 71 Proposal



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu's feedback on the draft Proposal.
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Christchurch City Council
Christchurch City Council's feedback on the draft Proposal.
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Christchurch City Council



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s feedback on the draft Proposal
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Environment Canterbury
Environment Canterbury's feedback on the draft Proposal.
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Environment Canterbury



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Waimakiriri District Council
Waimakariri District Council’s feedback on the draft Proposal.
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Waimakiriri District Council



Feedback on the draft Proposal from Selwyn District Council
Selwyn District Council's feedback on the draft Proposal
Feedback on the draft Proposal from Selwyn District Council



Peer review of technical reports on coastal hazards and inundation prepared by Jacobs dated 15 December 2017
Peer review of various technical documents prepared by Tonkin & Taylor in relation to coastal hazards and inundation. Peer review undertaken by Jacobs on behalf of Regenerate Christchurch.
Peer review of technical reports on coastal hazards and inundation (Jacobs)



Planning and regeneration analysis prepared by Regenerate Christchurch
Analysis of the matters raised by the strategic partners and DPMC in their feedback on the draft Proposal.
Planning and regeneration analysis



Finalised Proposal
The finalised Proposal for the use of section 71 powers prepared by Regenerate Christchurch.
Redcliffs School Regeneration project - finalised Proposal



The following documents can be downloaded from the Ministry of Education's Shaping Education website. Please note, some of these documents are very large files.

Document title
Overview of contents
Indicative Concept Drawings
A series of drawings indicating the potential school development.

Ministry of Education School Design Guidelines
A guidance document prepared by the Ministry of Education to set out the Ministry’s requirements and guidelines for designing infrastructure on school sites.

Transport Impact Assessment prepared by Abley Consultants dated 23 May 2017
An assessment of the transportation effects associated with the proposed development of a school at the current Redcliffs Park site.

Intersection Assessment prepared by Abley Consultants dated 8 August 2017
An assessment of the potential transportation effects on the intersection of Main Road, Beachville Road and McCormacks Bay Road arising from the proposed development of a school at the current Redcliffs Park site.

Rockfall Assessment prepared by Tonkin & Taylor dated April 2017
The findings of a rockfall-related risk assessment undertaken in relation to the potential establishment of a school at the Redcliffs Park site.

Geotechnical Report prepared by Tonkin & Taylor dated April 2017
A report that provides the results of a geotechnical investigation and assessment for the potential establishment of a school at the Redcliffs Park site.

Coastal Hazard Assessment prepared by Tonkin & Taylor dated May 2017
Assessment of matters in relation to coastal inundation and coastal erosion as they affect the Redcliffs Park site.
Memo from Tonkin & Taylor to Ministry of Education addressing tsunami hazard and Eliot Sinclair comments dated 4 October 2016
A memorandum that addresses the tsunami hazard affecting the Redcliffs Park site.


Contamination Assessment prepared by Tonkin & Taylor dated April 2017
A report that sets out the findings of a ground contamination investigation at the Redcliffs Park site.