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May 19, 2024

An unwelcome precedent

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In a generally polite and articulate meeting most people made it clear that they had grave reservations about the Sydney-based developer’s plans for their historic town.

Objections ranged from the generally inappropriate design and function of the building on this site to problems with safety for primary school children in the narrow lane planned as its access to the unwelcome precedent it will set for the street, which is already largely in the hands of developers.

There was some support for the project, including an impassioned but confused effort from (I believe) the design draughtsman’s daughter-in-law, who failed to disclose this relationship. Also a student of design advised us that we were hopelessly out of date in wishing to preserve the town’s character and what we needed was more residential development in the business centre to alleviate the onerous journeys from Bangalow’s far-flung suburbs.

We now wait to see what Council makes of this.

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