Tweed Mayor Barry Longland.
Tweed Mayor Barry Longland.

Tweed fights planning panel

TWEED Shire Council is attacking a state government committee to take back control of planning decisions.

The council is heading to the state conference of the Local Government and Shire Association of NSW with a call to abolish the Joint Regional Planning Panels state-wide.

Councillor Kevin Skinner and Mayor Barry Longland received support from the regional conference last month to take the fight to abolish the state's planning panel to the state conference.

Cr Skinner said some of the planning panel's recent decisions had forced the council to take action.

"Recent decisions of the JRPP against the recommendation of council has led us to this decision," he said.

Cr Skinner said the decision of the JRPP to approve the Kingscliff police station and to refuse an application for homesites at Noble Lakeside Kingscliff prompted the action.

Residents and business owners took council to the NSW Land and Environment Court after the state government's decision.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the planning process was complicated and a review of the process was underway but it was important to have an independent arbitrator.

"There is no doubt that the current process upsets more people than it satisfies," Mr Provest said.

"You can't get rid of something without reviewing the planning laws in NSW."

Mr Provest said any change to the planning process will need to give the power back to the people and the council.



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