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City of Canterbury Bankstown Administrator, Richard Colley, has warned that Council is not afraid to take property owners, developers and certifiers alike to the courts.
"Over the past three months, Council has had five cases before the Land and Environment Court and won all five", Mr Colley said.
The court agreed with Council and refused modifications to previously approved development applications for 418-422 and 424-426 Canterbury Road, Campsie (worth more than $9 million).
"The applicant wanted two additional floors, a rear laneway, and changes to the basement parking and apartment layouts, which went against our development guidelines," Mr Colley said.
The court also:
"I am very proud that our new Council has one of the most efficient development application assessment records in Sydney," Mr Colley said.
"We have halved the average time it takes for DA assessments in Canterbury, from a high of 124 days in August last year, to now be on par with Bankstown at 37 days. Importantly, that’s not at the expense of the rigorous assessment process required to be followed by law.
"As these court successes show, we will take legal action against anyone who wants to try and work outside the appropriate development guidelines. They are there for a reason."
Meanwhile, the independent Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has also recently supported Council’s recommendations to refuse two development applications:
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