Don't dive into river, Council warns,

TWEED Shire Council has warned potential buyers at Banora Point's newest development, River, to read the fine print before purchasing.

As reported in the Tweed Daily News on Saturday, the infamous Banora Point Caravan Park site at Barneys Point is set to be given a $60m facelift and turned in to a riverside “gated residential precinct”.

Director of planning and regulation, Vince Connell, said the site would be redeveloped under the existing development approval for the caravan park.

“While the original approval authorised a caravan park and holiday units, the site consents have morphed into a development opportunity for a caravan park with a maximum capacity of 180 permanent home sites,” Mr Connell said. “The terminology of a caravan park under current State Government planning policy can encompass a manufactured house site.

“The new owner has decided to proceed with the refurbishment of the caravan park utilising the previous approval rather than a new DA.”

A council spokesperson said on Friday a press release issued by the Morrison Group for the development was “misleading”.

Mr Connell said it was the responsibility of the applicant to ensure potential buyers were aware the site would be required to operate in accordance with both the Local Government Act and associated Regulations for Caravan Parks.

“It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that potential purchasers are aware that the site will be required to operate in accordance with both,” Mr Connell said. “The site does not have approval for a residential subdivision.”

A report on the status of the site will go to the March 17 Tweed Shire Council meeting.



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