In­fa­mous legacy plagues pig house

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Tom Gille­spie tom.gille­spie@thechron­i­

THE legacy of the in­fa­mous Pig House in East Toowoomba is still alive and well, as the cur­rent own­ers have found out.

Dis­grun­tled pre­vi­ous owner Terry Hen­di­cott’s pub­lic spat against the Toowoomba City Coun­cil might be 14 years old, but the Beri­gan fam­ily has found it­self in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to its pre­de­ces­sor.

The fam­ily is tak­ing the Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil to the Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Court, af­ter spend­ing two years and as much as $50,000 try­ing to push through a pro­posed ve­teri­nary clinic at the sin­gle-storey house.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Beri­g­ans, Precinct Ur­ban Plan­ning’s An­drew Bullen said the devel­op­ment met all the cri­te­ria in the plan­ning scheme, but was re­jected based on com­ments from neigh­bours.

This is de­spite the DA be­ing a code-as­sess­able project, mean­ing the coun­cil does not need to con­sider com­mu­nity feed­back.

“The zone it’s in is a res­i­den­tial zone, but the plan­ning scheme says you can have cer­tain ser­vices in those ar­eas - we be­lieve it meets all the cri­te­ria,” he said.

The Pig House earned its no­to­ri­ous nick­name in 2003 af­ter Mr Hen­di­cott turned his dis­agree­ment with the coun­cil into a pub­lic dis­play, erect­ing gi­ant pig heads and up­end­ing cars on the lawn.

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