Concern over two-storey beach home

AN application to build a two storey house at Rainbow Beach with an underground car park was met with concern at this week’s Gympie Regional Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.

Upon rejecting the council design department’s recommendation to approve the proposed dwelling, on the corner of Tingira Close and Ewinga Lane at Rainbow Beach, Planning and Development Chair Cr Ian Petersen proposed an alternate recommendation that councillors agreed to.

The new recommendation included withholding a decision until the applicant could address issues. One issue was to do with the maximum number of storeys for dwellings.

In council’s planning scheme the house is only allowed to be two storeys high and because the planned sub-floor car park’s roof is more than one metre above the surrounding ground level, it is regarded as a separate storey.

Councillors also want to make sure the sub-floor car park will never be used for habitable purposes and there would be provisions for at least one car parking space even if the underground car park was not approved.

The maximum height of the home is not to exceed 8.5 metres above natural ground level and the applicant is required to get certification from a surveyor to make sure.

Council’s Director of Planning and Development Mike Hartley said he understood fill had been used on the block and that was why natural ground level needed to be determined.

Previously a decision was withheld when the application first went to council in February, as four letters of objection were received from neighbouring residents.

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