A reason to dance

By SALLY GORDON

sally.gordon@dailyexaminer.com.au

CLARENCE Valley Council's environment and planning committee has approved a request to convert a Grafton hall into a dance studio.

Council received a development application in March from the Nicole Shipman Academy of Dance to turn a hall located at 21 Pound Street into a new dance space.

The planning committee yesterday conditionally approved the proposal, re- questing that a full-length acoustic curtain be hung on the eastern wall of the hall to absorb sound.

The committee's recommendation will be passed on to the full meeting of council next Tuesday.

The hall has existed on the Pound Street property since at least the 1950s. It was used for many years by the Jehovah's Witness Congregation and from 1992 until recently by St Mary's Catholic Parish.

Council received only one objection to the dance studio proposal from an adjoining neighbour.

Fay Tibbet addressed council's meeting yesterday and said she had concerns about increased noise and parking levels.

"I do object to six-and-a-half days (of classes) going from 7am to 8.30 at night and being disturbed by cars coming and going," she said.

However, Mayor Ian Tiley said that one-on-one dance lessons in the morning would not generate too much traffic and that a heavy drape would help block any sound from the hall.



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