MidCoast Council has responded to comments from Member for Lyne, David Gillespie claiming council had "recommended refusal" of a development for a proposed cancer care centre in Cornwall Street in Taree.
However, the approval of the project is not council's to make.
"Given the nature of the development and the investment level, the approval body for the development is not council, rather it is the Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel, a function of the NSW Department of Planning," a media statement from council said.
MidCoast Council confirms it has been actively working with the developers throughout the development assessment process to see the project brought to fruition.
"We do recognise the importance of the development to cancer patients in the Mid-Coast, however councils have a responsibility to implement planning requirements vested in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and as such we have had to work through a process with the applicant," MidCoast Council liveable communities director, Paul De Szell said.
"This type of medical facility will be hugely beneficial to our region and that's why we have been working very closely with everyone," Mr De Szell said.
"Throughout November staff have met with the developer on several occasions to work through planning issues in order to get to an outcome that can be recommended to the Joint Regional Planning Panel."
This type of medical facility will be hugely beneficial to our region and that's why we have been working very closely with everyone.- MidCoast Council liveable communities director, Paul De Szell
It is expected that revised plans will go to the Joint Regional Planning Panel early in 2024.
Development app0licant, Cancer Care Associates CEO, Jeff Hunter echoed Mr De Szell's sentiments and thanked council for its work to date.
"The Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel raised concern about parking provisions in the public meeting held on 11 October 2023," he said.
"We have subsequently addressed these concerns, and we thank the MidCoast Council planning team for their input and guidance.
"We look forward to our anticipated opening in late 2024 and to being able to provide the Manning Great Lakes community with a world-class-service, utilising state-of-the-art equipment."
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