Developer squeezing more in



A PROPOSAL by the Salt developer to boost the number of private dwellings at the upmarket estate by almost 40 per cent has raised the ire of a local community watchdog group.

Tweed Monitor says the proposed amendments to the Ray Group's development south of Kingscliff should be sent back to the State Government for a completely new development application (DA) in line with recommendations by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

"The attempt to increase the number of private dwellings by a massive 39.3 per cent and the inclusion of a third resort complex of 187 units so completely alters the nature of the development that new approval should be sought under the coastal development regulations," Monitor president Laurie Ganter said.

"ICAC has advised that amendments to developments subject to State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) 71 be limited to 10 per cent unless a new DA is submitted," Mr Ganter said.

"As development approvals are tailored to infrastructure contributions, provision of public open space and other public amenities, all these factors would have to be recalculated."

The Ray Group's offer to purchase additional open space outside the Salt development as compensation, he said, was farcical.

"This amounts to telling residents they can have their recreational land but they'll need a thermos and a cut lunch to find it.

"Brian Ray has already broken promises to the community to pump sand from the Tweed River for Salt, and to build a new bridge over Cudgen Creek - now he wants yet another windfall from Council by swapping the most expensive real estate on the Tweed for some undefined vacant land which will cost a fraction of what he'll gain by expanding the dwelling ratio at Salt - by almost 40 per cent," he said.



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