Maitland land ban call

A MAITLAND councillor who wants a statewide ban on developers modifying approved development applications to increase the lot yield in subdivisions has stepped up his campaign after learning that some applications are being approved under delegated authority and not going before a full council.

Cr Henry Meskauskas said he would fight for the ban on section 96 development modifications after learning that council staff had approved several applications in recent months.

He said the applications were an "act of greed" by developers and not a true reflection of initial subdivision plans.

He was angered to learn this week that council staff had approved a section 96 modification for a development at McKeachies Run.

"It was only for a boundary adjustment but what concerns me is how many of these are going through to increase the number of building lots without councillors knowing about it," he said.

The council's executive manager planning, environment and lifestyle, Bernie Mortomore, said the council did at times determine section 96 applications under delegated authority if they were in accordance with council policy.

Cr Meskauskas said he would still bring a notice of motion to next week's council meeting asking for council representatives to raise the issue at the October NSW Local Government Association Conference.

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