RE­VEALED: Main cul­prits be­hind il­le­gal developmen­ts

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FAM­I­LIES and ev­ery­day cit­i­zens are the main cul­prits be­hind un­law­ful devel­op­ment across the West­ern Downs, a coun­cil re­port has re­vealed.

A spokes­woman for West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil said it’s home­job developmen­ts like build­ing sheds and do­ing ren­o­va­tions that aren’t be­ing sub­mit­ted for ap­proval to meet build­ing stan­dards.

Only a small num­ber of cases are from big de­vel­op­ers.

West­ern Downs deputy mayor An­drew Smith said devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions were as­sessed by coun­cil in ac­cor­dance with the Plan­ning and Build­ing Acts.

“Devel­op­ment ap­provals are of­ten is­sued with con­di­tions in place to en­sure the devel­op­ment meets plan­ning stan­dards as out­lined un­der leg­is­la­tion, and it is a le­gal re­quire­ment for the de­vel­oper hold a valid per­mit and to meet th­ese con­di­tions,” Mr Smith said.

“Coun­cil is re­quired to en­sure developmen­ts are com­pli­ant and in keep­ing with the rel­e­vant town plan or build­ing codes.

“Coun­cil also thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gates all com­plaints made about a devel­op­ment.”

He said most peo­ple are do­ing the right thing and com­ply­ing by reg­u­la­tions.

“Coun­cil also con­ducts reg­u­lar proac­tive in­spec­tions of agri­cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties such a pig­geries and feed­lots to en­sure they meet devel­op­ment stan­dards,” he said.

The Coun­cil spokes­woman said the ma­jor­ity of cases were from fam­i­lies and ev­ery­day cit­i­zens not re­al­is­ing they need a per­mit to do devel­op­ment works.

“They have to abide by the plan­ning act,” the spokes­woman said. “Most peo­ple do the right thing.” Coun­cil has listed the fol­low­ing over the first 2020 quar­ter from Jan­uary to March:

cer­tifi­cates of com­pli­ance re­ceived com­plaints al­leged un­law­ful developmen­ts

mat­ters of non­com­pli­ance

en­force­ment no­tice is­sued

show cause no­tices is­sued

out­stand­ing in­fra­struc­ture charges let­ters is­sued

out­stand­ing in­fra­struc­ture charge placed on land No penalty in­fringe­ment no­tices or le­gal pro­ceed­ings were is­sued.

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GUILTY: Ev­ery­day cit­i­zens are the main cul­prits be­hind un­law­ful devel­op­ment across the West­ern Downs.

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