The applicant, SEQ Investment Group Pty Ltd, seeking to develop a tourist park on good quality agricultural land at Carrs Rd, Bridges has abandoned its appeal to the Court.
The proposed development generated vigorous community opposition since it was first submitted in 2018. On 9 September 2020 Council officially refused the application. The developer then began appeal proceedings, and the matter was heard by the Court in recent weeks.
On 13 August 2021 the appellant withdrew its appeal. Council had previously claimed the applicant “had not presented any relevant matters to demonstrate how, on balance, the social, economic and environmental benefits of the development would overcome the conflicts with the assessment benchmarks.”
Council said that the proposed development departs from the State Planning Policy in relation to flood hazard and good quality agricultural land.
- would result in the alienation or fragmentation of Class A good quality agricultural land on and adjoining the site
- does not seek to minimise the risk of harm to people from flood hazards
- does not seek to protect or rehabilitate the riparian corridor present on the site
- is not consistent with the rural setting, character and amenity of the Rural zone.
Council also said the proposed development departs from several assessment benchmarks of the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014; and that the departure from those assessment benchmarks are not able to be addressed or mitigated by conditions of approval.
YADCA believes Council’s decision is a vindication of community opposition to an inappropriate development. YADCA Vice President Peter Baulch said “The Council was representing a wider public interest than the Yandina community’s alone, but we were pleased to demonstrate our solidarity with its stand and for the opportunity to express our skepticism about the viability of the site for its ostensible purpose as a tourist park”.