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Costly case for Coffs Council heading to court

PETTINA Park principal Paul Bourne is confident that he will win his case in the Land and Environment Court.

If he does, he says his figures show it will cost Coffs Harbour ratepayers more than $100,000.

He headed for court six months ago to try to overturn council's refusal of his proposed new boarding kennels and cattery on a 3ha site in Gaudrons Road, accusing councillors of ignoring the advice of their staff, who did not recommend outright refusal in March.

Legal teams are meeting this week and the matter is listed for court on December 17, but Mr Bourne said he expected council to 'drag it out' and he is prepared to be back in court next year.

He said yesterday he was still prepared to drop the action if the council made it possible for him to buy a site at the airport, as is the case at both Sydney and Melbourne airports.

Cr Mark Graham said there were two different precincts at the airport.

He said land on the eastern side of Christmas Bells Road, opposite the RSPCA animal shelter, was zoned industrial but should be zoned for environmental protection and he believed it was 'a matter of timing' for the release of other vacant land closer to Hogbin Drive.

The last Coffs Harbour City Council refused the Pettina Park application in March on the grounds it was unsuitable for the site and not in the public interest and two weeks ago the new council agreed to continue the fight in court.

Heritage Park resident Di Ruth said she saw nothing wrong with locating the kennels in Gaudrons Road.

She said the site was a large one; that location would serve the fast-growing northern beaches and Paul and Leah Bourne would be living on the site themselves so would ensure noise was not a problem.



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