• ABC Online: Gunns denies planning breach

Timber company Gunns has pleaded not guilty to a summary offence which alleges work on the pulp mill project has breached the Land Use Planning Act.

Protest group Pulp the Mill has brought a private prosecution against Gunns, alleging the company breached the Act for work done at the Tamar Valley mill site.

It is considered a rare legal action.

In the Magistrates Court in Launceston yesterday, Gunns pleaded not guilty to undertaking a development without a permit.

Pulp the Mill alleges the construction permits for the site at Bell Bay expired at the end of August and work should cease.

In September, the Environment Protection Authority ruled the permits were still valid.

Both parties will have the chance to outline their case when the matter returns to the Magistrates Court next month.