The development application was initially refused by the local Council and our role was as expert witness in the applicant led Planning and Environment Court Appeal (No. 2390 of 2019). The grounds of appeal related to suitability of the land use and the land use definition, planning need and flood risk.
A successful case was run, demonstrating planning and economic need for the proposed extension, based on current demand, and that the proposed development would make a positive contribution to the economy of Emerald, ensuring there was a choice of accommodation available for both leisure and business travellers to the region. The absence of adverse amenity or other impacts associated with the proposed extension was also demonstrated. The matter settled without hearing, allowing the development to proceed.