The Canterbury Cricket Trust (CCT) would like to be able to bid for, and host, international day/night cricket matches. To meet the international television broadcasting standards, the CCT have applied for a new lease to accommodate six lighting towers.
Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 16th October 2019 - 18th November 2019
Consultation has now closed
Consultation on Hagley Oval lights lease has now closed. People were able to provide feedback from 16 October to 19 November, 2019.
During this time we heard from 2221 individuals and groups. You can read their feedback and the analysis of all submissions as part of the staff report for the Hearings Panel.
On 19 December 2019, the Council decided to approve the granting of a ground lease, subject to section 54(1)(b) of the Reserves Act, for the installation of six new lighting towers.
You can view the meeting minutes, which include the formal resolutions, online at christchurch.infocouncil.biz
Associate Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Poto Williams approved district plan changes to allow lights using earthquake recovery laws, on Monday 23 December.
An impression of new lights at Hagley Oval during a daytime cricket match
Why a new lease has been requested
CCT already holds a ground lease for Hagley Oval of 2,469 square metres, which covers a sports pavilion building, permanent seating and ancillary areas, and four lighting towers. However, a new lease is required to replace the existing four lighting tower areas with new areas for six lighting towers.
Rationale for the increased lighting
CCT has applied for a new lease to allow for six lighting towers (at a height of 48.9 metres) to meet international cricket and broadcasting standards so they can host top-tier domestic and international matches at Hagley Oval.
To ensure the light is evenly spread across the area, and to control lighting ‘spill’ and glare, the towers need to be placed as evenly as possible around the perimeter of the Oval.
In addition, the towers must not be located within 25° (either side) directly behind or in front of the centre pitch, to ensure lighting is outside the direct line of sight of the batsman and the bowler. There is also a “flood light and TV scaffolding exclusion zone” around the Umpires’ Pavilion as it is a heritage building.
The location of the lighting towers shown in the diagram below is the arrangement applied for by the CCT.
Location of new lease areas
Light towers and utility cabinets
Lighting tower 3-detailed site plan
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You can view the Hagley Park Management Plan 2007 which sets out the vision and strategic objectives for the park.
Talk to the team—walk and talk
Join us at Hagley Oval for a site walk. Find out exactly where each lighting tower is proposed to go and ask the team any questions you might have.
6.30pm start Monday 4 November 2019
Hagley Oval—meet at the Pavilion, Hagley Park (entrance off Riccarton Avenue)
||16 October 2019
|Walk and talk
||4 November 2019
||18 November 2019
|Council decision meeting