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Way cleared for shopping centre

Friday, 11th June, 2010

* The owners of Centro Plaza have been ordered to pay City Council's costs in a Land and Environment Court hearing. * The owners of Centro Plaza have been ordered to pay City Council's costs in a Land and Environment Court hearing.

Leasecorp can go ahead and build its shopping centre in Broken Hill following a decision by the Land and Environment Court yesterday.

The court confirmed that assessment and determination procedures employed by the Broken Hill City Council were consistent with the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
Mayor Wincen Cuy said that Council was now looking forward to the major development and multi-million dollar business investment proceeding.
The proposal, to construct a retail development consisting of a supermarket, department store, discount variety store, 12 specialty shops, kiosk, associated car parking and demolition of existing structures, was granted conditional approval by Council in August 2009.
The development will be on land generally bound by Gossan and Blende streets and South Road.
Centro Plaza's management had lodged an application with the Land and Environment Court seeking to have the consent issued by Council declared invalid.
It also wanted Leasecorp and Broken Hill Developments restrained from acting or relying upon the consent, and had sought costs in the matter.
"It had to be proved to the court that Council had made an error in the manner in which the application was processed or dealt with," said Mayor Cuy.
"Council's processes were placed under intense scrutiny and this decision confirms that those processes were adhered to during the process of this application," he said.
The court has ordered Centro to pay Council's costs.



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