Monday, June 17, 2024

Tweed backflips on 38-unit beachside development

Tweed Shire Councillors have voted to approve a strata title development application (DA) for 38 beachside units at Bogangar.

The decision was made at an extraordinary meeting of Council and overturns an earlier ruling on 4 August to reject the application.

This development, which includes 38 residential units at 41 Tweed Coast Road at Bogangar was originally approved by the NSW Government in December 2009.

In keeping with usual practice, a DA to strata-title the residential units was brought to Council’s Planning Committee meeting on 4 August, with Councillors voting to support the officer’s recommendation to reject this DA.

The rejection saw the termination of contracts with 38 purchasers by the developer, Cabarita Beachside Pty Ltd, just weeks before settlement.

The DA was originally opposed on parking grounds.

In a letter to Tweed councillors at the time, the developer wrote: “It is an appalling set of circumstances and incomprehensible but not of our doing and beyond our control. Misleading and deceptive commentary and correspondence has and is being issued by Tweed Shire Councillors. Certain councillors are pedalling a false narrative slanderous to our reputation, conduct and credibility and we reserve our rights”.

Council agreed to review its decision after a Section 8.2 determination review of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act was lodged by the proponent on the NSW Planning Portal on Thursday 25 August.

Representations were also made by 85 members of the Cabarita Beach Bogangar community calling for approval of the strata title application, and one submission against the approval.

Following a requirement to provide 14 days’ notice of the review, which concluded on Friday 9 September, an Extraordinary Meeting was called.

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