LEGAL APPEAL: Residents up in arms against development of coastal land north of Emerald Beach Holiday Park.
LEGAL APPEAL: Residents up in arms against development of coastal land north of Emerald Beach Holiday Park. Trevor Veale

Emerald Beach proposal heading to court

DEVELOPERS will appeal Coffs Harbour City Council's rejection of a controversial subdivision proposal for Emerald Beach.

In March, Coffs Harbour councillors voted against an application by Pridel Investments to subdivide coastal land north of Emerald Beach Holiday Park into 39 residential lots.

Builder Paul Reid, who has owned the 30ha site for more than 20 years, will now appeal the decision on May 20 in the Land and Environment Court NSW.

"Our application complied with every rule and regulation stipulated by the council," Mr Reid said.

"If the Land and Environment Court overturns the decision, the development will most definitely go ahead."

The appeal follows a property valuation undertaken by the council to identify possibilities of acquiring the block as public land.

On April 23, councillors passed a motion to discuss contributory funding options from relevant bodies, including RMS and the Office of Environment and Heritage.

Mr Reid, however, said he was "not confident" that adequate funding could be raised to match the value of the block, adding that "ratepayers shouldn't have to foot the bill" for a purchase.

Critics of the subdivision proposal said the legal challenge by developers should not be feared.

United Residents Group of Emerald president Karina Rothacker said the application had not taken into account the full impact placed upon homes at Emerald Beach under the environmental conditions of flooding and coastal inundation.

"I would be surprised to see the council's decision overturned as there is adequate data to support the decision," she said.

"Our aim is for the department of planning to change the zoning to correctly reflect the value of the land."



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