An artist's impression of the controversial development to house a Woolworths Supermarket at Cabarita.
An artist's impression of the controversial development to house a Woolworths Supermarket at Cabarita.

Four storeys for Cabarita

THE future of a three-storey building limit along most of the Tweed Coast has been thrown into doubt after Tweed councillors voted not to insist on enforcement of the rule in the construction of a Woolworths supermarket and home units complex at Cabarita Beach.

Greens Party councillor Katie Milne, who along with Mayor Joan van Lieshout and Deputy Mayor Barry Longland last week unsuccessfully fought to insist on adherence to the limit, has warned more exceptions may be made.

“If it happens here it's going to happen everywhere,” warned Cr Milne, who wanted the Council to tell the NSW Department of Planning the rule should be maintained.

The department is considering a development application for the $16 million dollar supermarket and home units complex which looks likely to get the go-ahead after Tweed councillors did not raise any strong objections.

Council planning officers had earlier noted that the complex, which is to include the supermarket, specialty shops and 40 home units, would be four-storeys in an area where the Local Environment Plan imposes a limit of three storeys.

The building is to stretch between the Tweed Coast Road and Hastings Road, a short walk from the main beach access in Pandanus Parade.

The point on the height limit was noted in a submission prepared by the planning staff to be sent to the NSW Department of Planning which is considering the development application.

But a move by Deputy Mayor Barry Longland, Greens Party councillor Katie Milne and Mayor Joan van Lieshout to insist on maintaining the three-storey limit failed to win support of the other four councillors.

“We should be saying the Council conveys their strong desire to retain the three-storey height limit,” said Cr Longland.

Cr Milne complained plans showing the building from Hastings Road appeared to her “like five-and-a-half storeys”.

“If this is not over-development of the site, I don't know what is,” she said.

The comments came despite praise and support for the design from the Cabarita Beach Residents' Association.

Tweed consultants for the Queensland-based WA Stockland Pty Ltd, Planit Consulting, have told the department of planning “the proposal physically presents as a compliant three-storey form to Tweed Coast Road and Hastings Road, with the non-compliant forms limited only to the central section of the building”.

“The incorporation of a supermarket and the need to accommodate large head clearances within loading areas relating to same, dictates that the central floor will be in excess of 5.3m in height,” the consultants said.

“This element is unavoidable and results in a pushing of the upper level residential through the 13.6m envelope shown within the attached plans.

“The fourth-storey elements of the development will not be visible from public land.”

“Recently approved and constructed buildings within Cabarita and elsewhere along the Tweed Coast incorporate a form of three storeys or more.”



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