Govt asked to take control of forgotten city
BY PETER CATON
THE NSW government has been asked to take over planning controls for another major Tweed development ? the long- stalled Seaside City subdivision between Salt and Casuarina Beach on the Tweed Coast.
Kingscliff real estate agent Brian Ring, who has been battling for a fair go for a number of the smaller landholders in the estate has written to Planning Minister Frank Sartor reminding him the subdivision was originally approved in 1927.
But Tweed Shire Council has not allowed any homes to be built on the estate, or other de-velopment to take place.
It has been trying to get landholders, including the Lenen group which has bought most of the blocks, to agree to a re-design of the subdivision taking into account more recent studies on potential coastal erosion.
Mr Ring said he wrote to Mr Sartor after the minister an-nounced he was considering taking planning control of the stalled Kings Forest estate directly west of Seaside City because of years of delays.
Mr Ring said the fact that the estate was more than 80 years old should indicate to Mr Sartor that it had "become a joke".
He said the ongoing delays could force older owners ? some who have owned blocks for decades and others who have inherited land ? to "give up their rights" despite having paid land tax and rates for years.
"The people who are trying to get ahead without any board of directors or companies to go to bat for them are left at the
mercy of Tweed Shire Council," he told Mr Sartor.
"The fact that you have been prepared to shorten the length of DA (development application) approval with Kings Forest and not the current DA for Seaside City with the owners paying tax bills leaves me with great concern."