Kingscliff shopping expansion

MOVE over Byron Bay. Kingscliff is becoming the cultural hub of the NSW North Coast.

So says central Kingscliff landowner and GP Dr James Powers, who appears likely to succeed with plans to make the business heart of the seaside village larger.

Tweed Shire Council planning officers have recommended councillors tomorrow give the thumbs up to rezoning a corner block in the heart of the village, increasing the area where shops are allowed.

Dr Powers has told the council the land on the "gateway corner" of Pearl and Turnock Street can house a landmark three-storey mixed business and residential building.

"It should be something of beauty and be instantly recognisable to help cement Kingscliff and the new cultural hub of the North Coast," he said.

"With rezoning we can create a better use of this land and justify the special aesthetic treatments needed to unify this intersection."

Dr Powers said he had owned the property for three years and recently moved there with plans to build four luxury units "to be inhabited by my fiance and myself with a view to a family".

But he then learnt of plans for commercial redevelopment on the other three corners and realised his dream of an iconic residential building could become "a huge financial mistake".

A complex with businesses on the first floor, possibly including his own small practise and a pharmacy, plus residential units on the second and third floors, he said would better suit an intersection of busy roads serving other commercial properties.

Council planners agree.

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