Deputy Mayor Andrew Baker says the DA for a new motel in Yamba should be approved.
Deputy Mayor Andrew Baker says the DA for a new motel in Yamba should be approved.

New motel in Yamba gets Baker’s tick

A DEVELOPMENT application for a motel in Yamba that does not meet street setback, height, landscaping and landscaping requirements should be allowed to go ahead according to Deputy Mayor Andrew Baker.

The DA to demolish the Surf Motel in Queen St and replace it with a 12-room boutique hotel has met with the personal approval of Cr Baker, who described it as the "last gasp of what I like" about the non-complying nature of the North Coast of NSW.

He said he had looked at neighbouring buildings of the proposed motel and noticed none complied absolutely with council's planning rules.

"They were built when compliance was not an issue. Their character comes from their difference and their non-compliance," Cr Baker said.

However, Cr Baker was out of step with the rest of the councillors at yesterday's Clarence Valley Council Environment, Planning and Community committee meeting.

They voted 4-1 on a motion from Cr Sue Hughes against recommending the development to next week's full council meeting.

Full story in tomorrow's The Daily Examiner. 



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