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‘Excessive’ Bangalow DA goes back to the drawing board

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Ralph Mamone asked that a decision on his plans for 72 Lawlers Lane, Bangalow be deferred when the matter came before last Thursday’s Council planning meeting.

‘I’m here today to ask you to defer my DA to enable without prejudice discussions with staff, and new submission of amended plans to address the reasons for refusal that are currently before you,’ Mr Mamone said.

‘I know that Council staff note that they have tried this approach [of amending the plans] in the past, but in the last few weeks I have with respect to my current plan sought a second opinion.

‘I’ve redone the figures with my financial advisor as to how I could make the project viable. I believe that we can achieve a positive solution for all parties if give the opportunities by you councillors here today.’

An architectural drawing from the original DA for 99 Lawlers Lane, Bungalow. Image supplied

Mr Mamone’s original plans for the quiet, rural location had involved building 12 self-contained cabins clustered around a central recreation building designed to cater for future rural functions and events.

Five of the cabins would have had their own swimming pools under the plan, and the site would have had a new internal access road with bus turnaround.

Council staff had assessed the proposed development as ‘excessive in and scale’ noting that it had ‘failed to comply with Council’s adopted planning controls that generally limit rural tourist accommodation to no more than six holiday cabins per property’.

They had recommended that the Development Application be refused.

However, Mr Mamone intervened to seek a deferral before councillors debated the matter at last week’s meeting.

Councillors acceded to the landowner’s request, voting for the matter to be deferred ‘to enable amended plans and details to be submitted back to Council’.

Importantly, they also determined that these amended plans must reduce the number of cabins to six and remove the central recreation building to ‘ensure the development remains consistent with Council’s planning controls for small scale low impact rural tourism’.

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