1 Aug 2015

Rocket plans rely on consent

9:41 pm on 1 August 2015

Further consent is needed before plans to build a rocket launch facility on the Canterbury coast can go ahead, despite the developers announcing a deal with NASA.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck.

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck. Photo: Rocket Lab

The Canterbury Regional Council has granted the Auckland-based Rocket Lab three consents for its proposed launch facility on Kaitorete Spit, but still needs resource consent from the Christchurch City Council.

Rocket Lab has announced a deal with NASA which will give customers wanting to launch satellites into space a choice between Kaitorete Spit on Lake Ellesmere, or Cape Canaveral, in Florida.

But the company is still waiting on approval from the city council before construction can start.

A council spokesman said the consent application was lodged last week but was on hold while Rocket Lab completed a cultural impact assessment of its chosen site.

The application will be determined by an independent planning commissioner.

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