Infamous legacy plagues pig house
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.