The DA for a block of units and shops covering all of three housing blocks at 9 Station St Bangalow (next to the A&I Hall) is back into Council and the slightly altered design is as unacceptable as the first time when it was refused.
I can understand that a Sydney developer may be out of touch with what is required to maintain and contribute to the ‘village’ atmosphere of Bangalow. The ‘project co-ordinator’ acting on behalf of the Sydney developer was instructed, in his own words, ‘to design a building that would be more acceptable to the local community and the council’. It is his responsibility to work with the community and council to design something sensitive to the future sustainability, liveability and character of the town. He has failed to do so.
The proposed development does nothing to maintain the charm of Bangalow and does not contribute to the future character of the town. This DA is an unimaginative, multi-storey block of flats and shops with an underground carpark and internal lift. The bulk and scale of the unit block has no green space, and is out of character with the heritage precinct.
The council has an important role to indicate what is acceptable; not only in a legal sense, but also in considering what it is that attracts locals and visitors alike to the village and into Bangalow’s small shops and cafes.
I call on Council to consider the Bangalow Settlement Strategy when assessing this DA. The Settlement Strategy was drawn up for the town’s future in full consultation with the community.
Submissions objecting to this DA must be into Council by Friday 17 January.
Quote DA No. -10.2013.570.1-.
Sue Taylor, Bangalow