A matter in the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland concerning the respondent seeking to add an additional issue relating to proposed amendments to the relevant planning scheme. In question is the potential impact upon the progress of the matter to trial as well as time for the town planners to address this additional issue.
Rackemann J noted the competing interest between the Court considering all relevant issues and the case being efficiently dealt with. It was held that the addition would be unlikely to imperil the trial. It was also held that the town planners would have sufficient time to address the additional issue following the conclusion of the joint meeting on 9 April 2021.
In concluding, Rackeman J noted that it was in the interests of justice that the issue be raised despite the amendments in question perhaps not proving to be ultimately decisive.
Timothy Stork (with R Litster QC) appeared for the respondent, instructed by McInnes Wilson.
The judgment is published here.