An artist’s impression of the proposed BMW showroom complex including commercial offices.
An artist’s impression of the proposed BMW showroom complex including commercial offices.

$20m decision could be delayed

A SIX-storey, $20 million car showroom complex for Tweed Heads is being proposed by a Gold Coast BMW and Landrover dealer.

The complex would be constructed on the site of a former fruit and vegetable market opposite the Ivory Tavern.

But a decision on whether to give the development the green light, which was due to be made next week, looks likely to be delayed after the new O'Farrell Government this week moved to change the planning approval system.

The government said it planned to axe the system whereby developments valued at more than $10 million are taken out of the hands of local councils and given to Joint Regional Planning Panels.

The Northern Regional Planning Panel was due to consider the application by Bruce Lynton Pty Ltd, which runs a BMW and Landrover dealership at Southport, at a meeting in Tweed Heads next Wednesday.

Tweed Shire Council planners had recommended panel members approve the application.

Yesterday council officers were uncertain what would happen with the application as they had not received any formal notifi- cation of changes to the legislation. A spokeswoman said the council assumed next week's meeting would go ahead.

Earlier this week the government announced most applications before the panels would be referred back to councils, but Tweed MP Geoff Provest said yesterday legislation still needed to be passed to make those changes.

“I would imagine that meeting will still go ahead,” he said.

“I will seek clarification from Brad Hazzard (Minister for Planning).”

Bruce Lynton's town planners, Darryl Andersen Consulting, lodged the development application, which proposes the huge complex across Boyd St from the existing Von Bibra Holden dealership.

If approved the complex would be built in two stages – initially a two-storey building for a car showroom and repairs workshop, and later a six-storey building comprising a car showroom, repair workshop and commercial premises. Part of the first building would be converted to offices.

The 5702sq m site is bounded by Wharf, Boyd and Recreations Sts and is just south of the Tweed Heads Police Station and Court House.



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