RiotACT: Village Takes Fight for Weston Development to ACAT

2 April 2020

Village Building Company has gone straight to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal in a bid to get its $140 million Weston development moving again after the shock knockback of the project.

It has challenged the ACT Planning and Land Authority’s decision in ACAT and the matter is listed for a directions hearing on Friday (3 April).

CEO Travis Doherty said the company had been really disappointed and surprised to have the project refused, believing it had dealt with any issues that had been raised.

”We’ve worked really diligently with the community and responded to feedback, and with government agencies,” he said. “We are where we are, and we’ll continue to do the right thing."

“We’ve got a project there that the market is just screaming out for, architecturally designed townhouses, and that’s what we’re going to be delivering, and we just want to get on with it.”

Weston Creek Community Council chair Tom Anderson said the council was ”absolutely surprised” at the project’s rejection.

“We understood there had been a lot of discussion between the company and ACTPLA and thought it was an agreed outcome,” he said.