Re: ‘Stop work now’, The Times, Thursday, January 30.
My heart bleeds for Darlene Hill and her partner Trevor Ablett for the nightmare they are enduring due to the inconsiderate development next door to them at 18 Sturt Street, Victor Harbor.
I too suffered a similar fate under Mount Barker council several years ago and while your article has highlighted many anomalies with this case there are several similarities, which brought considerable stress and consequential severe health problems into my life.
Having built my dream retirement home with glorious views of lake and parkland a new neighbour of considerably high profile locally eradicated 50 per cent of my view without any warning.
A view of parkland was replaced by a wall.
The issue at the heart of the problem is that under Labor, an annexure to the Development Act was brought into law which allowed state government to override local councils, which negated council’s obligation to advise adjoining or surrounding property holders of any building applications.
Prior to this change, property owners had the opportunity to assess the development and its impact on their property and/or the ambience of their neighbourhood long before building commenced.
As a state election is due in March and should a Liberal government be returned, one would hope they would repeal this Act to prevent any further social fallout, pitting neighbour against neighbour and causing immeasurable stress on law-abiding citizens.