A VICTORIAN Civil and Administrative Tribunal case involving Horsham Rural City Council is due to continue in Melbourne on June 27.
Barnes Boulevard Horsham resident Brian Watts applied for a planning permit to house 150 pigeons on his new property at 60 Mardon Drive.
But after receiving eight objections, one of which was later withdrawn, Horsham councillors refused to grant the permit in April last year.
Council planning and promotion services manager Robin Neilson said the case was initially heard in Hamilton on June 7 and 8.
A tribunal member was scheduled to tour the proposed site at noon on Wednesday, but instead toured the site yesterday.
Mr Neilson said Mr Watts would present his case in Melbourne with an opportunity for cross examination.
He said Mr Watts had not had the opportunity to present his case during the initial hearing.
“On the first day of the hearing the responsible authority, which is myself representing Horsham Rural City, detailed appropriate zoning and the council decision not to grant a permit,” Mr Neilson said.
“Objectors David and Tania Fletcher presented their case on Thursday and part of Friday and called lay witnesses, while other objectors wanted to make basic statements.
“On Friday a couple of expert witnesses testified and a legal representative spoke on behalf of objectors.
“Brian Watts then called expert witness Dr Colin George Walker, who is an avian veterinarian in Melbourne.”
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