North Lismore Plateau DA to stay up in air until new year

THE future of the North Lismore Plateau residential development will not be known until next year, with Justice Sheahan reserving his judgment in the Land and Environment Court case on Monday.

The NSW Department of Planning earlier this year approved the rezoning of 255 hectares opposite the Lismore Showgrounds, which would have allowed for the construction of about 1500 new homes.

Aboriginal elder Mickey Ryan however lodged a case against the Minister for Planning, Lismore Council and the developers, claiming all of the environmental protection zones had been removed from the document that was approved by council.

Mr Ryan is being represented by the Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices (EDO).

The EDO argued that 28.5% of the land had originally contained environmental protection zones.

The EDO said that there was no community consultation before the removal of protection zones and that the minister "failed to accord procedural fairness".



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