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29 August, 2008 - Legal opinion to ACTPLA: Unlawful to approve data centres on Broadacre

Development CANNOT proceed on this site

CPR Inc's Solicitors have issued the legal opinion to ACTPLA that they cannot lawfully approve the development as the data centres are not a "communications facility", which is what the development application purports the data centre buildings to be.

The legal opinion concludes that the development cannot go ahead:
"Because the data centres component of the proposed development is not a "communications facility", approval of the proposal would be contrary to section 8 of the Land Act and hence is a course not lawfully open to ACTPLA."

Download the legal opinion here ( Adobe PDF 0.9Mb ) - J.S. O'Connor Harris & Co. - 29 August 2008

Chief Minister's commitment to uphold lawful planning process (MP3 Audio 1.7Mb) - ABC 666 - 29 August 2008

Data centre not allowed on planned site: lawyer (JPEG Image 152Kb) - Canberra Times - 30 August 2008

Care of Plans Neil Savery, Chief Planning Executive ACTPLA - Canberra Times Letters - 04 September 2008

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