Council blocks eight-storey towers
TWEED councillors last night gave the thumbs up to a billion-dollar-plus township at Terranora but voted to block proposed eight-storey towers.
A majority of four councillors - Joan van Lieshout, Katie Milne, Barry Longland and Dot Holdom - added a clause to a submission to the NSW Department of Planning calling for the existing three-storey height limit to stay.
Only deputy mayor Phil Youngblutt and Cr Kevin Skinner voted against the restriction, with Mayor Cr Warren Polglase out of the room after declaring an interest.
Brisbane property developer Godfrey Mantle's company Terranora Group Management had sought to build a variety of four-to-eight storey apartment blocks as part of the township which would house about 4500 people.
It would sit on the site of the old Terranora Country Club in an area once marketed as the “roof of the Tweed”. Council planning officers warned the eight-storey towers would be visually prominent.
Cr van Lieshout said eight storeys would be “horrific”.
“I'm totally against eight storeys.... This is totally out of proportion,” she said.
“We have to consider very carefully how we want to look in 20 years time or 50 years time.
“Unless we as a council start putting our foot down as to what is going to happen in the future we will be taken down the same road as in the past.”
Greens Party councillor Katie Milne failed in a bid to pass a lengthy amendment calling for extra conditions including priority for wildlife conservation, the addition of educational facilities such as a bio-diversity centre and measures to address a “considerable wild dog problem on the site”.
In February the NSW Government revealed it had taken over planning approval for the $1.3billion project after giving it “state significant” status. According to Mr Mantle's company development is planned to take place over the next 10 to 12 years.