Hastings development blocked
THE seaside village of Hastings Point has been saved from “over-development”.
At their July meeting on Tuesday night, Tweed Shire Council refused an application for a controversial three-story apartment block on the Tweed Coast Road which the Save Hastings Point committee said would ruin the area's character.
“There are about 320 buildings in the area that are one or two storeys and only six of three-storey height,” committee member Julie Boyd said.
“The issue with village character is that the predominant tree height is six to eight metres and any buildings over two storeys will exceed the tree height.”
The council report recommended councillors refuse the application for six reasons, including the five-unit building being an over-development of the site, it would set an undesired precedent and it was not in the public interest.
One of the developers Danny Gillies spoke at the meeting, stating when they bought the land it had an architect certificate for 10 units.
“This development is an under development of the site,” Mr Gillies said.
“The third storey is half the area of the previous floor.”
Mr Gillies said this was their fourth application and fourth year trying to pursue the development.
Owner of the Hastings Point general store Alan McIntosh also spoke for the development, stating he had no financial interest in the property or the developer.
“There needs to be growth in the coastal villages to ensure business does not stagnate,” Mr McIntosh said.
“Local businesses in Hastings Point need growth to survive.”
Mr McIntosh also spoke as president of the Hastings Point Land Owners group.
“We have more than 46 members and they have asked me to convey their support for this development.”