ARTIST IMPRESSION: The Yaroomba Beach northern entrance and coastal pathway at the proposed Sekisui House development.

Picture: Contributed
ARTIST IMPRESSION: The Yaroomba Beach northern entrance and coastal pathway at the proposed Sekisui House development. Picture: Contributed

Sekisui views ‘won’t significantly impact character’

SEKISUI'S seven-storey resort may protrude through the surrounding tree canopy and into residents' sights, but the impact on their view will "not be significant".

That was the expert opinion of landscape architect Dr Nicholas McGowan as he was guided through a series of "photo montages" in court of the completed proposed development, taken from various vantage points such as the beach, Point Arkwright and a number of Yaroomba homes.

"It demonstrates that yes there are houses in the local area that will have views to parts of the development, certainly," Dr McGowan told the court of the views from homes.

"It also demonstrates that those views are expansive, while the development will be visible in those views it's not going to significantly affect the character."

Sekisui and Sunshine Coast Council experts have maintained a large dune and vegetation will shield view of the development from the beach, but the court heard yesterday it would likely become fully visible about 50m out to sea.

Dr McGowan said vegetation was cleared at an existing entry to the site, and two more accesses would need to be created along David Low Way.

Dr McGowan's evidence came as the Planning and Environment Court hearing into the Sekisui House development's future passed the halfway point.

Development Watch and Sunshine Coast Environment Council have challenged Sunshine Coast Council and Sekisui in a bid to halt the construction of the five-star resort, 740 dwellings and retail complex.

The hearing began on November 18 and has heard from experts in various fields such as economics, ecology and turtles, lighting design, building and landscape architecture.

Among the topics yet to be covered are traffic and town planning.

The Maroochydore hearing is scheduled to continue until December 6.


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