A ‘small daytime cafe’ restaurant at a cost estimated at $1.4m is proposed adjacent to Scarrabelottis Lookout, a popular visitor destination with commanding views of the Shire in Coorabell.
A reader alerted The Echo to the DA, and said the plans would ‘effectively turn public land… at Scarrabelottis Lookout into a carpark and the only access driveway for the restaurant’.
‘This land is zoned rural and the developer is seeking setback exemptions to fit on to steep land’, they added.
The lookout is so popular that Council staff have placed rocks to limit the parking in recent months. Camping at the location has been an ongoing issue, with rubbish and faeces a problem.
The DA comes with a voluntary planning agreement (VPA) with the applicant to use the public road as access to the restaurant. The VPA proposal includes construction of a widened sealed driveway on the road reserve and formalised car parking for nine spaces. ‘Of these, seven will be attributable to the proposed restaurant’.
Subs close April 17
Public exhibition for the 40-seat restaurant (DA 10.2019.103.1) closes April 17 and submissions can be made in writing: PO Box 219, Mullumbimby NSW 2482 or email [email protected]
The DA proposes 17 carparking spaces (and five restaurant employees), and opening hours would be Wednesday to Friday from 10.30am till 2.30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7.30am till 2.30pm.
Responses from neighbours are included within the DA. One claiming to be one of the closest says, ‘As much as we’d love to play chess and have coffee and brekky nearby, I would like to point out a few possible negative aspects of this development that you or Council may not have considered’.
They cited an increase of garbage, a lack of night-time security as the cafe is proposed to be open during the day, and illegal camping, which the neighbour argued would increase with a wider road and more car spaces.
‘If all these issues did not exist, it could be neat having a small cafe nearby with such a nice view’.
The social-impact statement says the proponent plans to build dwellings on the land with access near James View Court. ‘This will help with the management and surveillance of the public spaces’, it reads.