Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

SPARRING UP Developer to Fight on; Court Stoush Likely as Council Rejects Supermarket Plan

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

SPARRING UP Developer to Fight on; Court Stoush Likely as Council Rejects Supermarket Plan

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Byline: DOMINICZIETSCH dominic.zietsch@dailyexaminer.com.au

CLARENCE Valley Council's decision to reject the development application (DA) for a new SPAR Supermarket in Church St, Maclean, will likely be challenged in the Land and Environment Court.

The project would cover more than 2000sq m of retail space, but despite council officers recommending its approval subject to conditions, councillors unanimously voted to reject it at last Tuesday's council meeting.

Leading the opposition at the council meeting was Cr Ian Tiley, who raised concerns a supported by the other councillors a that building a new supermarket outside the Maclean CBD could harm the town's commercial environment.

aWe need to be sure our (Maclean) CBD doesn't wither and die,a Cr Tiley said at the meeting.

Steve Tyson, co-founder of Consolidated Properties, which is the developer behind the project, said he was in acomplete shocka about the application's rejection.

aThe thing that I was most amazed about was the fact we spent the last several months doing extra stuff at council's request, such as providing extra reports on drainage, stormwater management, heritage consideration, spending thousands of extra dollars in the process, only to find out that none of it mattered,a Mr Tyson said.

Mr Tyson said it was extremely frustrating the application was rejected on the grounds of location when he said at no time in the six months since the application was lodged had any of the councillors raised concerns about the site with the developer.

aThat could've been relayed to us, it could have been relayed to the council officers and quite frankly, if Ian Tiley or any of the other councillors had said to us three or four months ago, a[approximately]Look, we don't want this up there', we probably wouldn't have gone as far as we have,a he said. …

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