Banora van park site under scrutiny

THE company renovating the former Banora Point caravan park site says it is working closely with Tweed Shire Council to avoid a legal wrangle and finalise plans for the redevelopment.

The Morrison Group which bought the once-notorious van park nearly two years ago is confident it can steer clear of any legal battle with the council by providing all the information the council needs, despite a decision by councillors last week to call in the lawyers.

It has also invited all councillors onto the riverbank site on the northern side of Barneys Point Bridge to have a look at the project .

“The council has requested further information in regards to certain details about the project and we are confident that we can provide this information to ensure that all outstanding issues are resolved within the next few weeks,” said the company's general manager Sally Morrison.

“The council has resolved to seek legal advice on the issue of filling of the site, and we agree that this will be the quickest way to reach a resolution on that specific issue.

“We have worked within the advice from our legal advisers and are confident that the council will have the same outcome.

“We are also aware that homes to be built on the site must meet the criteria of the approvals for holiday units/caravan park, but that these criteria would not in any way prevent the construction of the upmarket dwellings planned for the development.”

The council has warned the com-pany that as the site only has approval as a caravan park, building work must be done off site. But Ms Morrison said while construction methods used “may be varied from some other residential developments, they would not in any way restrict or inhibit the quality of the finished product”.

“If anything, a requirement to build certain parts of the dwellings off site is advantageous to purchasers as it reduces the disruption caused by the construction of future stages,” she said.

Ms Morrison said all councillors had been invited to a site inspection prior to commencement of the marketing of the development, and some were yet to turn up.

“We are continuing to make every attempt to work with the council to achieve the best possible outcomes for both the development and for the local community,” Ms Morrison said.

“Since the sales office opened its doors a week ago the response and feedback from locals coming to view the plans has been overwhelmingly positive, with many commenting that it is great to see such an innovative design on a beautiful site, and this is well overdue.”

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