Garden heritage case continues

March 31, 2023 9:47 pm in by

Magistrates Court

A Launceston businessman’s two-year legal battle about his garden looks set for a three-day hearing mid-year. 

On Friday morning, Hobart Magistrates Court heard there will be testimony from a dozen witnesses in Errol Stewart’s case, where the documentary evidence has grown to more 1000 pages.

In 2021 a neighbour complained to council about Mr Stewart’s garden revamp on Red Chapel Avenue, resulting in charges against the millionaire and his family trust. 

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Mr Stewart and the trust have maintained not-guilty pleas to a count each of undertaking development contrary to Hobart’s interim planning scheme.

Magistrate Reg Marron has penciled in a July hearing, subject to witness availability.

Council’s seven witnesses will include heritage officers, a planner and a landscape architect.