'Mistake' to block Maclean's 123 units proposal

A DECISION by Clarence Valley Council to knock back a 123-unit development in Maclean is a huge loss for the town, according to the applicant.

Bob Brownlow said the Iona Close development was the 'perfect site' for the units. He said they would have provided quality lifestyle units for retirees.

The 123 units would have been built in three separate clusters and include a cafe and gym.

At a full meeting of council on Tuesday night, however, councillors were split five/four in the vote to approve the development and the motion was lost.

Mr Brownlow said council had already approved an application to build a 60-unit development on the site which had a 'footprint' at least as big as the second application.

“What is happening to development in the Clarence Valley,” he said.

“We've had supermarkets knocked back and now this has been rejected.”

Councillors Simmons, Hughes, McKenna, Dinham and Tiley voted against the Iona Close development.

In stating his reasons for voting against the application, Cr Tiley said the units would be a 'substantial over-development' of the site and would create an additional 250 vehicle movements a day.

Cr Jim Simmons told councillors he was 'not comfortable' with the development, while Cr Ian Dinham likened it to the hit movie The Castle.

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