Maclean plant proposal considered

CLARENCE Valley Council will once again be faced with the proposal for a concrete batching plant on James Creek Road in Maclean when it meets at the Maclean Chamber this afternoon.

The proposal to the Environment, Economic and Community Committee involves the rebuilding of a plant in relation to a 30-year-old approval for the establishment of a concrete batching plant on the site.

The application was approved by Clarence Valley Council at a meeting in November 2007 and was challenged in the Land and Environment Court on an objector’s appeal.

The officer’s recommendation on the current proposal states that the rebuilding of the concrete batching plant and associated works do not significantly increase the environmental impacts of the total development when compared with the existing approved development and that the plant be approved subject to the draft conditions.

The site on James Creek Road will be one of the inspections made today.

Another inspection will take place in Townsend, where a proposal has been made to change a dwelling to a child care centre.

The proposed child care centre will cater for 32 children under the age of five and will employ the equivalent of four staff during the hours of 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Two submissions by the adjoining residents were received by the council and both object to the proposed development, however, the officers’ recommendation is for approval subject to draft conditions. The objecting residents brought up issues of increased noise as adjoining neighbours are retirees, and increased traffic in the residential area.



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