One vote gets subdivision through

ANDREW Baker was last night given the green light for his 60-lot subdivision in Gulmarrad despite Clarence Valley councillors splitting 5:4 on the issue.

Cr Karen Toms supported the proposal, arguing that the applicant had complied with council’s requests and met statutory planning requirements.

“It has been an on-going DA for in excess of 300 days now; it has been to the Land and Environment court because the applicant had no choice and no further avenues within council,” she said.

“We just sat on our hands for too long without making a decision. We now have a 60-lot subdivision which the council staff are happy with and I think that we need to get on and make a decision with this.

“If we don’t make a decision today then the decision will be taken away from us and made in the Land and Environment Court and I’m not prepared to waste any more of taxpayers’ money to have this decided.”

Cr Ian Tiley was strongly against the motion and said there was very good reason to refuse the development application on environmental grounds alone.

“In my view the application is a gross over-development given the threatened species and the locality,” he said.

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