THE approval of a resort development at Kingscliff by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) has sparked claims of 'rubber stamping' by Kingscliff residents and Greens MP David Shoebridege.
Mr Shoebridge said the commission was "developer friendly".
"The approval on Lot 490 is a squandered opportunity by the state government to protect some of the last remaining coastal vegetation in the region," he said.
"When I visited the site earlier this year it was clear that it had immense ecological value.
"Over 60 species of native vegetation have been recorded in the area and it provides crucial habitat for many native species, including endangered Glossy Black Cockatoos."
"This decision by the PAC is part of an ongoing pattern that sees this body approving the overwhelming majority of developments that come before it."
"The PAC's approval rate is a staggering 94 per cent and it agrees with the government's planning bureaucrats in more than 96% of cases," Mr Shoebridege said.
"No wonder the community feels locked out of planning decisions under this government."
Mr Shoebridge said minor amendments made to the commission's approval might have looked like a concession but did little more than pull back some of the extravagant parts of the developer's proposal.
"This development will have a disastrous impact on the immediate site, but will also cut straight across a rare wildlife corridor linking the coast and the Tweed hinterland," he said.
"This decision highlights exactly why a truly independent and community focussed state planning body must urgently be implemented in NSW."
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