In Spiros Paul Antonatos v Inner West Council [2017], development consent was sought to add a storey to a residential apartment building and convert it into a boarding house. The Council had rejected the development application on the grounds that it was too high, would impact the privacy of neighbours, and was incompatible with character of the area. The Land and Environment Court also concluded that the development would be incompatible with the local area, having regard to: whether the proposal’s impact on the surrounding area was acceptable, and whether it was in harmony with that area.

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