Council vetoes 'high rise' DA

THE outlook of Yamba’s Queen Street was set to change forever after Clarence Valley Council received an application to build a four-level unit block on the beachside street.

However, the application was dismissed by council at its meeting last Tuesday. The decision went against that of a council staffer who recommended that the application be approved.

Councillor Ian Tiley made the original motion to refuse the development and was unopposed with only councillors Tiley, Toms and Dinham entering into debate with all questioning the staff member’s recommendation.

“A respected local architect lodged a formal objection and attended the onsite inspections and spoke against the proposal – a first in my experience. This is a proposal for a four-level development on only 500 square metres that will have a height of 9.5 metres,” Cr Tiley said.

“Some of the homes that surround the proposed development are original Yamba dwellings, single-storey beach dwellings that fit well with the fishing and beach village ambience.

“How this report can suggest it has consistency with the streetscape is quiet amazing.

“The officer has acknowledged several issues with the development and how it will affect existing residents. Loss of light and views of surrounding residents is documented in the report.

“This is an unsustainable development.”



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