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Court appeals on decline The number of development appeals being decided by the courts is on the rapid decline, under the new City of Canterbury Bankstown. No  

The number of development appeals being decided by the courts is on the rapid decline, under the new City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Mayor Khal Asfour said there had been a 35 per cent decrease over the past eight months, with only 24 current planning-related matters awaiting finalisation.

"It is our intention to work with applicants, not against them, but we won’t consider inappropriate development outside Council’s approved controls," he said.

"We are sensibly planning for the growth of our City and the way to do this is to develop innovative, high-quality designs and reject poor proposals."

Next month, an $18.9 million mixed-use development in Belmore, including 68 residential apartments, will be going to conciliation to see how the applicant can amend their plans to comply with Council’s controls. The application was originally refused because it didn’t comply with Apartment Design Guidelines (ADG) and exceeded height limits outlined in Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

Mayor Asfour said consistency and efficiency underpinned Council’s approach.

"Our measure is our development controls so, if an application goes against that criteria, we’re not afraid to defend the smart and safe decisions we’ve made, in the courts," he said.

As a result of fewer cases going to court, Mayor Asfour said the time it takes to process development applications is faster.

"Last financial year, we determined 1,535 DAs with an estimated value of more than $1.25 billion," Mayor Asfour said.

"We now have a median determination time of just 40 days, one of the best in NSW.

"We’ve been able to achieve this without compromising the rigorous assessment processes we have in place."

For more information on Council’s planning processes, visit

 29/08/2018 10:54 AM