Controversial plan approved

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a four-lot subdivision and access road at Chinderah, which locals fear would pave the way for a new highway service centre and truck stop, were last night given the green light by Tweed Shire councillors.

The council decision came after a warning from council planning staff the case was headed for court because councillors had so far failed to make a decision.

Staff said the first hearing for appeals against the so-called “deemed refusal” of the latest proposals was due to be heard in the Land and Environment Court next Wednesday.

The court hearing had been sought by the developers following council deferral of any decision in December and again in February. The developers had existing approval, which involved a road that would affect a local creek, upsetting nearby residents.

The latest alternative involved another road, which would affect other residents.

Fears were raised the subdivision would lead to a huge new highway truck stop and service centre serving the northbound lanes of the Pacific Highway.

Councillor Warren Polglase told his colleagues they were elected to make hard decisions because whichever way they voted would affect some Chinderah residents.

“This is one of those hard decisions,” he said.

An attempt by Greens Party councillor Katie Milne to further defer the matter to get legal advice failed when she did not get a seconder.

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