McCloy frustrated as development blocked

NEWCASTLE lord mayor Jeff McCloy has taken a swipe at fellow councillors "who constantly vote against progress in the city" by opposing development applications.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, after a lengthy debate about a rail maintenance facility near homes at Carrington, Cr McCloy expressed his frustration at councillors who opposed the plans.

  Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy

Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy

 Cr Michael Osborne

Cr Michael Osborne

The lord mayor, himself a successful property developer, told the chamber he would publish voting records to highlight which councillors supported development.

"[Opposition to development] does reputational damage to [the] council, it's an impediment to jobs and growth and the tidying up of our suburbs," he said yesterday.

"The development application process in NSW today is tortuous already."

Cr Michael Osborne (Greens) was one of three councillors to vote against the Carrington application after attempting to add a condition establishing a 24-hour complaints line.

He said he often supported development and was proud of his voting record.

"I hope [Cr McCloy] follows through and we'll also see the councillors who rubber stamp the reports every time," Cr Osborne said.

"Where possible I've tried to mitigate the impacts on local residents."

Cr McCloy said the council should not add onerous conditions to its development approvals.

"An applicant gets a recommendation from the staff with 83 bloody conditions," he said.

"There are enough blocks in the way without adding more of them.

"If we look to . . . modify that development by adding conditions imposed by councillors we're ourselves up to land and environment court action."


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