Flagstaff units cleared
FLAGSTAFF Hill resident Carol Raven feared a six-storey building across the narrow laneway where she lives would create traffic chaos and danger for her children.
But Tweed Shire Council administrator Lucy Turnbull sought to allay those fears when the project, which will be built in one of Tweed Heads' most prominent locations, came before Wednesday's meeting of the council planning committee.
Ms Raven said the site in Boundary Lane, a short distance from the Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse at Point Danger, was accessed only by the narrow laneway which she and neighbours shared.
Not only was it a narrow, one-way lane, but it had no footpath and she worried for the safety of her two children if traffic was to increase.
She was one of 15 residents who had lodged written objections, but the only one to front personally before the planning committee.
Ms Turnbull said further conditions could be imposed on the development, with chief planner Noel Hodges suggesting extra speed bumps could be installed in the lane which currently has a 15km/h speed limit.
The three council administrators signalled they will approve the 12-unit complex near the top of Boundary Lane when the conditions are drawn up for the next council meeting in a fortnight.
Developer Michael Hoy from Point-D Pty Ltd said the building would add character to the area and bring a "vibrant and new way of life with larger apartments" than currently available nearby.
He said his company would be happy to comply with extra conditions aimed at solving the concerns of local residents about traffic, pedestrian safety and inconvenience during construction.
Mr Hoy said two local people currently living on Flagstaff Hill were eager to move into new apartments in the planned building.