Council rejects site for factory
BRAD Baldwin’s application to shift his concrete batching plant from a flood-prone site to higher ground has been refused by North Burnett Regional Council.
The refusal came after consultant town planner David Newby advised councillors the proposal did not meet public health and safety or environmental requirements set by state and council planning schemes.
The company requested no limitation on any approval given for the proposed site on Luthje Rd, although it averaged 5.5 hours of concrete batching a month on its present site.
This led to consideration of environmental factors that would impact the nearby residential area, including noise, dust, water quality and transport movements.
Mr Newby said dust from the site was a “big issue” and potential 5am starts in summer were “so significant in itself (it) would warrant refusal”.
Once the decision stage started on August 15, councillors had to legally ignore new material, including a noise assessment and ministerial correspondence.
“The applicants asked for a decision, but we wanted to extend it,” Mr Newby said.
Acting Mayor Faye Whelan, in a call for discussion, said it would be rare for a council to go against the recommendations.
Councillor Paul Francis said despite discussions to balance the application with the planning scheme, there was “no choice but to refuse”.
Mr Baldwin declined to comment while the company explored options.