A KEY objector to the north Orange McDonald’s hopes the community gets to have a say to the Land and Environment Court when Orange City Council defends the development’s refusal.
Resident Susan White was confident council will win its court battle.
She was “surprised and happy” councillors rejected the McDonald’s but was disappointed to learn a conciliation conference between the two parties and a Land and Environment Court commissioner had now been ruled out because of the refusal.
Along with fellow opponents she had planned to voice her concerns to the commissioner at the now cancelled on site meeting before the conference on August 27.
“I would hope that there will still be a forum where residents can put forward their point of views,” she said.
“All the paperwork says the [development] fits with the area, but it obviously doesn’t.”
Mrs White said residents were pleased councillors had listened to their concerns proving there were traffic issues in the area.
She believes the land earmarked for McDonald’s is needed to improve the intersection.
“I would hope that McDonald’s would be responsible corporate citizens,” she said.
“It is a dangerous corner.”
She said most councillors voted to refuse the development for the right reasons, and not to pass the buck to the Land and Environment Court.
Council spokesman Nick Redmond said the conciliation conference had been scheduled when McDonald’s applied to the Land and Environment Court in June after council’s deferral in April was deemed a refusal.
But now councillors had rejected the development conciliation would not proceed.
“If someone wants to take action in the Land and Environment Court it would be for a class one appeal which means a full blown hearing,” he said.
Mr Redmond said council staff were preparing a notice of refusal for McDonald’s outlining the reasons raised by councillors.
Independent consultants will prepare council’s defence because staff previously recommended approval.