The controversial plan for a $15 million police headquarters at Kingscliff are once again on the table, only six weeks after the Land and Environment Court ruled it invalid.
The development application (DA) for the new HQ was approved last October by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP). Tweed Shire Council planners had recommended the DA be refused.
The approval sparked a campaign and court action by a new lobby group, Tweed Business and Residents Focus Group, and the consent was overturned in the NSW Land and Environment Court on July 26.
The court found the description of the development in the notification letter to adjoining landowners did not adequately describe the scale of the proposed police station, as it failed to mention the demolition of the two police houses on the site.
Council’s planning director Vince Connell said the court’s decision meant the determination was invalid, but not the DA, which will now be reassessed by council and sent back to the JRPP to determine.
The DA is for the demolition of the existing police station in Marine Parade and two residences to enable construction of a new two-storey HQ for the Tweed Byron police command.
The building will also have an underground car park.
The DA is on public exhibition from September 12 to 26.