Noosa Council and the Peregian Beach Community Association have had another victory in the marathon battle to retain the Noosa Plan protections of the old caravan park site in the village.
The Planning and Environment Court has found that a motel is an essential component of the approval for the developer Thomco.
PBCA President Barry Cotterell said this was the latest community win in a saga that's dragged on for more than 12 years, costing "all of the community dearly" as they try to reign in a developer who "keeps walking away from the Town Plan and previous agreements and settlements".
Noosa Council and the PBCA have fought to hold Thomco to the agreement to build the 32-room motel as part of stage-one of the development, to ensure lower cost visitor accommodation is available in the village as stipulated by the Noosa Plan.
Mr Cotterell said "only two councillors, Ingrid Jackson and Jess Glasgow, had supported the developer's application to change the terms of the negotiated settlement".
The court referred to the fact that since 2007, despite numerous approvals, Thomco had only built the IGA and shops.
The battle has cost ratepayers and local residents over a million dollars in court costs in an attempt to defend the Town Plan and provide a much-needed boost for affordable visitor accommodation in the village.
The PBCA President applauded the Council and Peregian Beach residents who had donated funds to the cause.
Mr Cotterell has called on council to seek the costs of the unsuccessful application from the developer as it was clearly and substantially outside the terms of the Town Plan.
He called on Thomco to urgently build the motel as approved, or "sell it someone who will".