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Peaceful Protest Planned at L & E Court for Woolworths appeal

Peaceful Protest Planned at L & E Court for Woolworths appeal

The Land and Environment Court yesterday quashed ex-Planning-Minister Sartor's approval of 800-home development at Gwandalan and Catherine Hill Bay (see below).

The Land & Environment Court will sit in Ballina soon to hear another appeal case where the original development was approved by Frank Sartor. Woolworths are taking Byron Shire Council to court on 28-30 September.

In 2006, Frank Sartor approved a large and contentious supermarket development in Mullumbimby which had been rejected by Byron Shire Council.  Woolworths then acquired that development proposal together with the land and have tried to change the 2006 conditions of consent to enable them to build both Stages of the development at Stage One.  Woolworths' current proposal is to have all the wastewater from the 2,500m2 supermarket treated on-site rather than wait for Mullumbimby's urban sewerage system to be upgraded from its failed 1960s standard.  Byron Shire Council recently rejected Woolworths on-site sewage application on the grounds that the site is too small, which it is.  Woolworths are challenging that decision in the Land and Environment Court, Ballina on 28-30 September.  Concerned residents will be holding a peaceful protest at the Court, probably in River Street.  

Court overturns 'biased' Govt planning decision 

Residents opposed to a large coastal housing development near Newcastle have had a win, with the New South Wales Government's approval of the project quashed by a court.
The Gwandalan Summerland Point Action Group took legal action over the approval of the Rose Group's plans for 800 homes at Gwandalan and Catherine Hill Bay. 
Residents questioned a land swap arrangement and also claimed there would be massive overdevelopment.

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