Refusal delights neighbourhood

Cassia Avenue residents joined forces to protest about plans to erect seven two-storey units in their street. Photo: Mike Garry/scw935
Cassia Avenue residents joined forces to protest about plans to erect seven two-storey units in their street. Photo: Mike Garry/scw935

The controversial development application to build seven units at 61 Cassia Street, Coolum has been refused by Sunshine Coast council.

The council’s strategy and planning committee accepted planning staff’s recommendation to refuse the application by TGS Investments Australia Pty Ltd on the grounds that the building would have been in conflict “with the intent of Planning Area 11”.

The Intent of Planning Area 11 is that “the predominant form of development will be detached dwellings on relatively large lots with higher density development being located within mixed housing precincts”.

The report also notes that “the development will not be consistent with the local desired character of the Coolum Beach North Precinct, nor will it create a pleasant, legible, memorable and safe living environment for the whole community”.

Ms Griffin said that under the Integrated Planning Act, an application for any use in any location can be lodged and must be assessed against the council’s planning scheme.

“The application was for five, two- bedroom units and two, three-bedroom units, and was impact assessable because multiple dwelling units are not a preferred and acceptable use for neighbourhood residential precincts,” she said.

“The application attracted 49 submissions objecting to it, and in such circumstances the planning report is referred to the Strategy and Planning Committee, which I chair.”

One of those 49 submissions was from Cassia Avenue resident Bev Ward who was delighted when told of the decision to refuse the application.

Bev and husband David were the driving forces behind a large neighbourhood protest against the plan to build the two-storey units on a 1140sq m allotment in the residential street.

“That’s fabulous news,” she said, “all the work has paid off.

“We just want it to be a pleasant street to live in and don’t want that sort of thing happening just a few doors down.”

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