AN Albury election candidate has accused five councillors of putting corporate interests ahead of ratepayers.
Ross Hamilton was reacting to the council voting 5-4 on Monday night to allow two townhouses to be built on a block neighbouring his property at Thurgoona's Brooklyn Fields estate.
Poll contenders Darren Cameron, Graham Docksey, Alice Glachan, David Thurley and Henk van de Ven approved the proposal, while retiring councillors Amanda Cohn, Murray King, Kevin Mack and John Stuchbery opposed it.
"The five seeking re-election showed their vision for Albury is to kowtow to property interests and protect corporate interests over the ratepayers that they represent," Mr Hamilton said.
He had argued before councillors on November 8 that he bought his Birchgrove Crescent land after being told there was a covenant that did not allow multiple dwellings on estate blocks.
Brooklyn Fields agent Michael Walsh told council on Monday night that the estate had dual occupancy blocks from the outset.
"The covenant clearly stated that as developer we had discretion to alter this clause (on dwellings)," he said.
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Mr Walsh said he had spoken to the salesperson he presumed that Mr Hamilton dealt with and they were "adamant" they had not given undertakings on the covenant.
Cr Docksey suggested there were "inaccuracies" in what the council was told two weeks ago about the covenant, a claim rejected by Mr Hamilton.
Asked what he would do in response to the council's resolution, Mr Hamilton said: "I will be looking at possible legal options."
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