SAT gives concrete plant the go-ahead

A CONTROVERSIAL concrete batching plant planned for Collier Road in Bayswater has been given approval by the state administrative tribunal.

Senior SAT member Maurice Spillane made a final order on the drawn out saga on December 14, setting aside a September 2015 refusal by Bayswater council and giving Ransberg Pty Ltd the go-ahead to start building.

Bayswater councillor Chris Cornish had lobbied environment minister Albert Jacob to push the Environmental Protection Authority into assessing the plant but was knocked back in August.

The SAT’s decision points out it had previously approved an even bigger plant following an appeal in 2011.

Superior proposal

“Despite professional advice that the use of the subject site for a concrete batching plant had already been approved by the Tribunal in 2014 with the existing approval setting a benchmark, and that the proposed development would have a lesser environmental impact than the existing approval, the council resolved to refuse the application,” Mr Spillane wrote in his determination.

“It was agreed amongst the experts that the proposed development was a superior proposal to the existing approval in lessening both the noise and dust impacts on the amenity of the locality.”

Cr Cornish was scathing of the decision, saying it flew in the face of almost universal opposition from residents, and didn’t include conditions requiring a production limit and wind fences.

He points out the EPA didn’t give the plant a full assessment because the applicant said average production would be 135 cubic metres of concrete a day, but once open it will be capable of producing up to 150 cubic metres in one hour alone.

by DAVID BELL

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