Yamba Hill development strikes opposition

By Toby Walker

A development application to build a block of units on Yamba Hill elicited serious debate among councillors about the future of construction in the area at the Clarence Valley Council's first ordinary meeting in Maclean this week.

Council was expected to make a decision on an application to demolish a dwelling at 6 Henson Lane to make way for the development of a block of units.

Council's environment and planning department had found the building proposal satisfied its development application requirements and recommended council approve the project.

But the developers found spirited opposition to their proposal in the form of Henson Lane residents and councillors Doug Mackenzie and Kerry Lloyd.

The nine councillors spent close to 45 minutes quizzing council's director of environment and planning, Rob Donges, on the effects the unit block would have on traffic, living conditions and the views of residents on Henson Lane.

Despite the issue at hand relating specifically to Henson Lane, the nature of the debate at times turned into a broader discussion on how concerns about development on Yamba Hill could be handled in the future.

"To me these plans indicate the total contempt the designers have shown for the residents in the area," Cr Mackenzie told the meeting.

Referring to the building design as a 'concrete canyon', he asked the council to 'start on the right track' by refusing the development application.

"This isn't view sharing, this is view decimation," he said.

"Is this what we're going to do to the ratepayers of Yamba?" he asked the meeting to applause from the public gallery.

Eventually the councillors resolved to defer a decision on the application until the stakeholders could meet to discuss the issues at hand.

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