BALANCING THE NEEDS OF THE CLIENT, COMMUNITY AND COUNCIL.
Services: Planning & Policy, Property, Environmental, Resource Consents
2degrees officially launched its mobile telecommunication service in 2009 but the team at 4Sight have been working with the company since 2005. We have successfully managed the programme delivery of the planning and site acquisition process for various national network rollouts of the company.
Our 4Sight Planning team have provided extensive support for 2degrees gaining resource consents for over 600 sites across New Zealand. As part of this work, our Planning team have become technical experts in the implementation of the National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities (NESTF), as well as the differing planning requirements of 61 territorial local authorities.
Our work has included:
• Providing initial planning assessments for new sites and identifying likely resource consent risks;
• Identifying potential community risks from establishing sites, particularly in residential areas;
• Liaison and relationship building with key territorial local authorities;
• Obtaining certificate of compliance or resource consents for everything from new site builds to site upgrades and relocations;
• Representing 2degrees at pre-hearing meetings and public hearings; and
• General policy and compliance advice for the 2degrees team.
Managing the coordination and delivery of the necessary consents, often in short timeframes, required a collaborative and flexible approach. Our Planners worked within the 2degrees project teams which were divided into areas of the country, each with their own 2degrees Project Manager. The scale of the ongoing network build demanded a range of scalable planning skills, which 4Sight was able to deliver in an integrated manner to satisfy the client’s daily, monthly and annual milestones.
On a programme of this nature and scale, hurdles will inevitably arise. The Planning team's extensive knowledge and experience dealing with contentious sites made them excellent ‘problem solvers’, enabling the team to overcome obstacles and devise solutions that meet the needs of the client, community and council.
Our longstanding and ongoing relationship with 2degrees demonstrates 4Sight’s ability to successfully deliver large, complex telecommunications projects on time, within scope and budget. It also shows our commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes for all stakeholders.
4Sight’s Property team, formerly Aegis Property Limited, has also provided site acquisition services for a large number of new build and colocation sites for 2degrees. This included desktop research, legal analysis, candidate selection, and negotiating agreements with owners and other telecommunications companies. We obtained Department of Conservation concessions to access and build 2degrees’ sites. We also worked with roading authorities and local councils to gain permission to install 2degrees’ facilities on their land.
"4Sight has helped 2degrees with a huge cell site consenting programme since before 2degrees’ launch in 2009, delivering around 600 approvals for new sites and upgrades around the country. 4Sight’s staff integrate seamlessly into our project teams and provide robust advice and design input, and have a thorough but most importantly efficient approach to our applications and Council relationships, which ensures we can meet extremely tight consenting timeframes on key projects. 4Sight are also adaptable and always willing to accommodate the changing needs of our business without a fuss."
- Ben Blakemore, RAN Manager, 2degrees