The state Government has said it is powerless to stop a crematorium going ahead on Greendale Rd.
At a community cabinet meeting in Leumeah on Monday night, Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard told Greendale Rd residents they were unable to intervene, despite describing the situation as “lousy”.
Residents fighting a Joint Regional Planning Panel decision to approve a crematorium being built in their street packed the meeting, pleading with the ministers for help.
Greendale Rd property owner Duncan McDonald told the cabinet the street had been besieged by five proposals for crematoriums, cemeteries and monasteries.
Mr Hazzard said the situation was a “mess”.
“It’s rotten but that’s the law compliments to Labor,” he said.
“Unfortunately, under the current system there is little we can do. I know that doesn’t give you much comfort.”
Mr Hazzard told the Leader that under current laws, consent authorities were not required to take account of cumulative effects of multiple developments applications in an area.
“That’s an issue I want to address in the planning review I’m about to undertake,” he said.
Mr O’Farrell said the situation highlighted the flaws with the panel process.
“The former government was determined to take community out of planning. Changes in the panel space will ensure they can’t turn a deaf ear to community concerns any longer,” Mr O’Farrell said.
Residents said they would now turn to Liverpool Council for help funding an appeal against the panel decision in the Land and Environment Court.