Recent Cases

Cooke v Tweed Shire Council [2024] NSWCA 50 (11 March 2024) (Ward P, Gleeson JA and Basten AJA)


APPEALS – judgment of Land and Environment Court – standard of review – characterisation of land use – evaluative judgment – correctness standard applied

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING – civil enforcement proceeding – Local Environment Plan – permissible uses not requiring consent – characterisation of land use – cultivation of low-THC hemp – processing hemp leaves – production of goods for sale – whether cultivating hemp was “horticulture” or “extensive agriculture” – whether processing ancillary or incidental to cultivation activities – uses requiring consent – processing plant agricultural products for commercial purposes – “rural industry” – separate uses or one integrated purpose