Motel plan rolls forward
MACLEAN & District Bowling Club is one step closer to building its 27-unit motel.
Clarence Valley Council gave preliminary approval for the new accommodation after a persuasive presentation by applicant Wendy Shepherd Harrison.
"To date, 44 bowling clubs in the State of NSW have gone under," she said.
"If the club folds it's not just the bowlers that miss out, it's the local community.
"This is about diversification of activities to provide an alternative source of income."
One bowling green would be removed and the units would be built on that block with access from Alexander St.
Concerns had been raised about the setback provisions of the development, which the applicant has since increased in the plans.
"It's not the client's intent to affect the area and landscaping is incorporated in the plans to ensure they (residents) are not looking at balconies and court- yards," Ms Shepherd Harrison said.
She said that because the initial plans had been submitted before December 2011 it had to be judged under the Maclean Local Environment Plan.
Ms Shepherd Harrison said plans suggested the development would need a minimum of 24 units to be viable. It is described as "affordable accommodation" as it is accessible by bus.
"The use of this wouldn't be restricted to bowlers," Ms Shep- herd Harrison said.
"It's near the national bus service route, the Clarence River and the commercial centre.
"Tourists will be able to stay there and enjoy all these local facilities without the use of a motor vehicle."
The development was approved with conditions but the decision will need to be ratified at next week's ordinary meeting of council.