New high-rise for Tweed

THE skyward trend of development in the Tweed Heads area continues to grow following approval this week of another 12-storey apartment block in Florence Street.

Tweed Shire Council gave the green light to a $7.4 million high-rise residential building by GRN Developments, to be built across two house blocks at Nos. 5-7 Florence Street and containing 37 units of two and three-bedrooms with three basement car-parking levels.

The proposal is one of four 12-storey projects in the immediate area either approved or currently being dealt with by council.

A similar 12-storey apartment block was recently approved for 20-22 Thompson Street while two mixed-use 12-storey residential projects at 11-17 Frances Street and at 13 Enid Street are awaiting approval.

The latest proposal, according to staff, attracted nine objections with concerns related mainly to overshadowing, loss of ocean and scenic views and privacy.

Chief planner Noel Hodges in his re- port said that despite these issues, the project warranted a recommendation for approval on the architectural merits of the building and the high-density nature of the area.

The area, Mr Hodges said, was currently undergoing a transition phase "as these older dwellings come under market pressure to be demolished and the land redeveloped for higher-density residential development as encouraged under the applicable planning controls".

The project, he said, was not out of character with the area and consistent with the future built form as per council's planning instruments and the Tweed Heads Town Centre Master Plan.

Cr Henry James had moved to defer the matter to enable neighbouring residents affected by the project to address council's community access session, but Cr Warren Polglase said residents had been given plenty of time to lodge submissions or complaints.

Cr Lynne Beck's move to adopt the staff recommendation for approval got up 7-4 (Crs Max Boyd, Barbara Carroll, Steve Dale and Dot Holdom against).

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