Rebecca Stead is keen to see this critical site dedicated to open space to preserve the wildlife corridor.
Rebecca Stead is keen to see this critical site dedicated to open space to preserve the wildlife corridor.

The battle for Noosa Hill heartland set for courts

NOOSA Head’s green heart is at the centre of a looming legal stoush as Friends of Noosa Hill look to defend an appeal to stop a development at Attunga Heights.

David Neate who has been refused approval by Noosa Council to build two detached houses and 12 lots at 27 Attunga Heights is appealing in the Planning and Environment Court as locals opposed to the development prepare to rallying their forces.

Spokeswoman Rebecca Stead said the Friends of Noosa Hill are a “passionate bunch highly opposed to overdevelopment on this constrained site”.

“We will fight every step of the way in alignment with council’s rejection,” Ms Stead.

She said there were 68 objections to the development as she hoped they will all join in any Noosa Council defence of the appeal.

That is yet to be voted on by councillors, but Ms Stead will be seeking assurances from newly elected Mayor Clare Stewart that she will back the previous council’s refusal.

“We will see where the good fight leads us from there,” Ms Stead said.

“We’re all fully committed to doing whatever it takes, whether that means our own barrister or our own financial investments,” she said.

At the time of refusal in March, Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie backed the council staff’s grounds for refusal “that the proposed development is contrary to the specific outcomes of the Noosa Heads locality plan … (it’s) contrary to population density, gross floor area, site cover, building height and setbacks”.

Councillor Brian Stockwell said when this application was first proposed there was “considerable concern by the community and those concerns I think are well justified”.

“This is the type of development that has always set Noosa apart by not approving it,” he said.

“We don’t try and squeeze things in to sites that haven’t got the carrying capacity.

“In this case the natural hazards as well as the environmental values suggest that the carrying capacity of this site is considerably less that what is proposed,” Cr Stockwell said.

In the notice of appeal sent out to Ms Stead, Mr Neate’s lawyer included grounds for appeal are the Noosa Plan is unsoundly based, the proposal protects the land’s environmental values and maintains a satisfactory wildlife corridor.

The development would also not “not adversely impact upon koala habitat or in the alternative, development conditions can be imposed for offset planting to address any significant residual impact”.

“Any departures from the assessment benchmarks in relation to population density, gross floor area, site cover, building heights and setbacks, are inconsequential and are not such as to warrant the refusalof the development application,” the appeal notice said.

It said the proposed development:

(a) respects the scale and character of surrounding development; will not adversely impact on the visual amenity of nearby properties in Attunga Heights; and

(b) will not adversely impact on the adjoining Edgar Bennett Ave road reserve’s, scenic and environmental values, nor the vegetated character of the adjoining pedestrian path in the Edgar Bennett Ave road reserve.


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