Tweed building heights a concern

MORE alarm has been voiced over major town planning changes which will not only halve environmental protection zones in the Tweed but allow a huge increase in the number of areas where three and four-storey buildings can go.

Three-storey buildings are to be allowed in many suburban areas and four-storey buildings in Tweed’s villages under changes to council’s main town planning document, the Local Environment Plan (LEP).

Former Greens Party councillor Henry James, who was commissioned by the Tweed Byron Greens to study the LEP changes, has warned that many housing areas would be allowed building heights of nine or 13.6 metres under the new rules.

Mr James said a two-storey limit currently applied at Fingal, part of Pottsville, part of Kingscliff and a part of Terranora, but “all these areas are proposed to have a height limit of nine metres”.

He also said large areas of the Tweed would effectively go from three to four-storey limits, including all rural villages.



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