Strengthen planning laws: councillor

BROTHELS in NSW will be allowed to expand without limitations if local government planning laws are not strengthened, according to a Sydney councillor.

Shaun Mallard has expressed disgust at a judge's decision to overturn the Sydney City Council's refusal of a development application for the "Westfield of brothels" to be expanded in Parramatta Rd.

Last month, Land and Environment Commissioner Susan O'Neill granted the developers of the Stiletto Club in Camperdown the right to expand the business into a three-storey, 40-room, mega brothel.

Mr Mallard said the fact that a court could approve an application when it had been unanimously rejected by elected councillors proved local government laws were "not up to the test".

While he accepted there was a market for prostitutes and a place for them in society, Mr Mallard said controls needed to be put in place to regulate the industry.

He said past experiences in Kings Cross and the Parramatta Rd area had taught councillors approving smaller, "discreet" operations had less of an impact of the community than large operations.

"When you have these big Hollywood/Las Vegas-style atmospheres which attract fuelled up groups of males, you have a recipe for a clash," he said

"I think we need to say, let's review the rules and toughen them up so this doesn't happen again here or anywhere else."

A report is expected to be brought back to the council later this year.

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