Neighbours fear shed will spoil rural tranquility
By ANDY PARKS
THE possibility of heavy earthmoving machinery coming and going from the quiet rural area of Wyrallah has Sharon Wallwork and her neighbours fuming.
A development application has been lodged with Lismore City Council by John Coster, of Coster Constructions for the construction of a shed and the storage of plant and equipment at a property on Robson Road.
Residents claim the site is already being used as a depot, which should be classed as an 'industrial' activity not permissible under the Rural 1(a) zoning.
Sharon Wallwork, told The Northern Star: "It's just so noisy. I've kept a detailed diary of activity there and there has been up to 20 trucks a day. When low-loaders come out of the site, they take up the whole road."
Mrs Wallwork believes the proposed development would cause traffic problems and increase the risk of an accident.
A group of Robson Road residents hired planning consultant Brad Carmady to examine the DA on their behalf. He found several areas that were inconsistent with Lismore Council's LEP (Local Environment Plan) for the area.
"The proposal will impact upon the rural character of the locality and is considered to be inconsistent with the objective of the 1(a) zone," he wrote in his report.
Mrs Wallwork said she was told by Mr Carmady that 'this will never get through,' so she was surprised to hear from Lismore Councillor Jenny Dowell on the Friday before Christmas that council staff were about to approve the DA.
Cr Dowell and Cr Ros Irwin have now asked that the matter be brought before council.
"I want to make the council aware and give residents a chance to voice their concerns," Cr Dowell said.
She said 15 letters of objection had been received in relation to the DA. As well as the loss of a rural amenity, Cr Dowell said there were other concerns such as the possible removal of trees and run-off into water courses.
Coster Constructions' owner, John Coster told The Northern Star there were no plans to use the site as a depot.
"We've already got a depot in Lismore this is 15 kilometres out of town. It would be absolutely pointless," he said.
Mr Coster said he bought the property to graze cattle and is planning to eventually live there.
"It's just to store surplus gear in the shed. That's all we're planning to use it for."
He agreed he did have machinery there during the Christmas period and said he was planning to do some clean up work on the farm. However, as it was too wet the machinery was returned to Lismore.