THE development application for an Ostwald Bros accommodation facility in Dalby has been refused by Western Downs Regional Council.
The construction of the Broadacres accommodation building on Branch Creek Rd commenced in February last year and use of the building began three months later.
However the Development Application was not lodged to the council until November 18.
Ostwald Bros sought to gain a Development Permit to legitimise the existing unlawful Accommodation Building and Industry within the site, and also for a further expansion of the Accommodation Building.
However councillors today voted to refuse the application on the basis it conflicted with existing rural and rural residential development in the area.
Councillor George Moore who was seeking more information before making a decision on the approval said it was a unique case.
"I admit this probably should have come to council 12 months ago, but Ostwald brothers is a major employer in the Western Downs and across the Surat Basin region," Cr Moore said.
"I think there is a need to explore further options and the possibility of providing grounds for approval."
Councillor Ray Jamieson agreed with the refusal of the application and said the decision was based purely on planning issues.
"We need not look at who the business is and what they can do for the region, but purely the planning grounds," he said.
Ostwald Bros will now have the opportunity to appeal the decision.
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