Council cops criticism
STRONG community opposition played a big part in Clarence Valley councillors’ unanimous decision to reject a development application for a residence in Angourie this week.
Despite the planning officer’s recommendation to pass the application, a decision was made on the grounds of non-compliance with the Angourie building height scale, non-compliance with landscaping and strong community opposition to the development.
President of the Angourie Ratepayers and Residents Association (ARRA), Grant Jennings, said the rejection was a win for the community but was frustrated by what he perceived as the ‘lack of due process’ by the council’s planning officers.
“As a community we were lucky to find architects, builders and legal professionals on very short notice to find major faults in the submission, but not all communities can,” he said
Mr Jennings cited a rushed time frame of two working days to consider council’s letter calling for all deputation submissions, a lack of clarity in the planning documents and an absence of vital pieces of information requested by ARRA, in his deputation to council at Tuesday’s ordinary meeting.