The property at the centre of a development debate in Fingal.
The property at the centre of a development debate in Fingal. Liana Turner

Court pays visit

THE Land and Environment Court last week held an on-site hearing at a Fingal Head property which is at the centre of a DA knockback challenge.

Sydney developer Robert Nankivell has taken the Tweed Shire Council to court over the DA rejection.

In August, Mr Nankivell caused a stir when he lopped trees which were remnants of a littoral rainforest on the Queen St property, under what was then new 10/50 legislation, which is now under review.

This was a couple of days after his DA for a development on the property was refused.

The proposed development would see Mr Nankivell immune to the long-imposed two-storey height limit, as well as the setback limit.

Commissioner Fakes conducted the on-site hearing. Representatives for Mr Nankivell attended as did several community members who voiced their concerns over the DA.

Fingal Head Community Association vice-president Helen Twohill said the community had been fighting developments which weren't cohesive with the town for decades. The group had no intention of backing down, she said.

The outcome of Friday's hearing has yet to be declared. The matter is due back in court on Friday.



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