Silkpod Ave project cops scathing assessment

A $5 MILLION 79-residential lot development at Murwillumbah will go before the first Tweed Shire Council meeting of the year next Thursday, January 23.

But it does not bode well for the Silkpod Ave proposed development, with council officers giving a scathing assessment of the suitability of the application.

Their concerns include the applicant, Catharina Bayliss from Barnby Developments Pty Ltd, failing to adequately address stormwater drainage issues and concerns about the impact on threatened species.

Cr Warren Polglase is also seeking clarification on what dealings the council has had with the Tweed's biggest developer, Leda, since the independent SINC Solutions report concerning that company and its relationship with the council was handed down late last year.

From next month, the council will stage two meetings a month, with planning matters to be considered separate to other issues.

It is a bid to shorten the agendas and meetings, which have previously dragged on until as late as 1am, and also give greater consideration to planning matters.

The SINC Solutions report recommended the council reduce the length of its meeting business papers and meetings.

Next week's main council agenda is 316 pages long.



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