Planner’s tick for fast food proposal

Simon Rolfe

OPPONENTS of the proposed New Norfolk fast food restaurant have seized upon alleged inconsistencies in a report by the Derwent Valley Council’s planning officer.

In a report to be tabled at this Thursday’s Derwent Valley Council meeting in Maydena, planning officer Martin McCance has recommended that councillors approve the application by Humana Pty Ltd to build an unspecified fast food restaurant on the corner of Burnett and George Sts at New Norfolk. In an apparent concession to the concerns of many of the people who lodged written objections to the proposal, Mr McCance has recommended opening hours less than the 24-hour operation requested by Humana.

Speaking at a gathering on the site earlier this evening, Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) spokesman Simon Rolfe said the same report had deemed the development to be inconsistent with the New Norfolk Planning Scheme, specifically on heritage grounds. “But despite this acknowledgement,the development has still been recommended for approval by council, and will be voted on at Thursday’s council meeting in Maydena,” Mr Rolfe said.

Mr Rolfe said the RAID group was particularly concerned that comments sought from the Tasmanian Heritage Council had not been included in the report. “Councillors are being asked to prematurely approve the proposal without having access to all of the required information, specifically a crucial Tasmanian Heritage Council submission,” Mr Rolfe said. “The planner has clearly stated that the development doesn’t comply with the Planning Scheme, which leaves the councillors with no other option that to reject the proposal outright.”

A petition calling on the council to reject the development application was presented to Councillor Damian Bester, who undertook to table the document at this week’s council meeting, which will be held in the Maydena Community Hall at 6.30pm this Thursday night.                                                    

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