Centre needs more land



DEVELOPERS of a planned $5.15 million shopping centre for Banora Point have been asked to provide extra land for the project before Tweed Shire Council will support it.

The extra land at Botanical Circuit in the Flame Tree Estate, according to staff, would optimise access, buffer areas and urban design aspects of the project by Metricon and Lanlex.

Councillors on Wednesday night voted 7-4 (Crs Max Boyd, Barbara Carroll, Steve Dale and Dot Holdom against) to advise the developers that council would support an amendment to the development control plan (DCP) for the area, which limited the size of a shopping centre there, if the extra land was provided.

Cr Boyd said the plan appeared to be an over-development of the site, with many unacceptable impacts on traffic and amenity and given the concerns raised by staff, the issue should be subject to a workshop.

Smaller operators in the area, he said, would be killed off by a large shopping centre and supermarket.

Cr Lynne Beck said it was "not up to us to say they want a little shopping centre or a big one" and to defer the matter "won't help".

Cr John Murray said it was not council's role to act as a policeman to market forces.

Chief planner Noel Hodges said the proposed shopping centre, to include a big supermarket, was larger than originally envisaged.

The DCP for the area, he said, proposed a service station with some shops on a smaller site area for the location but the planned development essentially doubled the amount of retail floor space identified in the original concept plan.

Cr Dale said that paving the way for the development before completion of a shirewide retail strategy was putting the horse before the cart.

Mr Hodges said the study was finalised and a workshop on it was planned for later this month.



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