Mr Sartor’s development company Rose Property Group was set to build 600 homes in the heritage seaside hamlet of Catherine Hill Bay, and another 187 at Gwandalan, further south.
Last September, Mr Sartor described the planning process as “lengthy, thorough and transparent”.
But the Court found Mr Sartor drove negotiations for his development company to build in the areas as early as 2006, and despite the fact Catherine Hill Bay and Gwandalan weren’t included in the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy at that stage.
Justice Lloyd also said Mr Sartor repeatedly stated as fact that the development was going ahead, long before approval was even considered.
“Far from bringing an impartial mind to his determination, the minister committed himself to bringing a partial mind to the application,” Mr Lloyd said.
The NSW State Government will not appeal the decision, according to today’s Daily Telegraph. Mr Sartor was dumped last year, the day after obtaining development approval for the Catherine Hill Bay, and Gwandalan project.