Land and Environment Court has this morning dismissed the appeal against
Shoalhaven City Council’s deemed refusal of a two storey dwelling in Griffith Street,
The DA was proposed across a consolidated three blocks
of land purchased at auction in 2010. The auction was authorised by Council in
order to recoup unpaid rates on the land.
handing down the judgement, Judge Judy Fakes was not satisfied that the
proposed development was compliant with planning objectives laid out in the
Draft SLEP, SLEP 1985, NSW Coastal Policy and the Rural Fires Act.
Fakes also expressed concern at the ecological sensitivity of the Bangalay Sand
Forest which made up the majority of the site along with the size and scale of
the proposed development.
Joanna Gash welcomed the completion of the court proceedings saying she was
confident that the local community would be pleased with the final outcome.
Mayor said that she had made a commitment to Callala Beach residents to review Council’s Policy
regarding the sale of land for unpaid rates during a public
meeting held in August 2013.
has certainly understood the concerns and frustrations of Callala Beach residents in
regards to this issue,” said Clr Gash.
“This has been a particularly perplexing time
for many local residents and I am certainly pleased that we can all now move
forward after receiving an outcome.
situation was brought about through a peculiar set of circumstances Council
taken the appropriate steps to prevent anything similar from taking place into