Woolies must supply sewerage plans

APPROVAL for the Woolworths supermarket at Mullumbimby is valid for five years, according to the Byron Shire Council.

The council yesterday responded to the NSW Land and Environment’s Court ruling giving the go-ahead to Woolworths.

Council’s executive manager of environment and land use, Ray Darney, said the approval was also subject to conditions imposed by the court.

“One of the conditions included is that installation cannot commence until the approval issued by the Minister has been modified to incorporate the redesigned on-site system,” Mr Darney said.

He said the council was yet to see a final copy of the court’s conditions of approval.

Land and Environment Court Commissioner Robert Hussey gave approval for Woolworths to install and operate its proposed on-site sewerage management system, which is to service the supermarket development.

In August last year, Byron Shire councillors rejected Woolworths’ Section 68 application for any on-site sewerage system in Station Street, Mullumbimby.

Mr Darney said the application was refused because the applicant failed to demonstrate that appropriate arrangements could be made for the management of sewage generated by the development.

A Section 68 application was required to be obtained before a construction certificate was issued, he said.

Woolworths lodged an appeal against the council’s decision in the court in Sydney and was permitted to submit revised proposals for the on-site system.


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