Hundreds against high rise plan near the beach
A controversial proposal to build a six-storey block of apartments at 34 Trafalgar Street in Woolgoolga will be considered by Coffs Harbour City Councillors on Thursday.
The plan involves the demolition of a single storey dwelling and shed to make way for the $3.8m development which will contain eight apartments.
Height towers constructed on the site gave an indication of how imposing the structure - a few streets back from the beach behind the Woolgoolga pool - will be if it goes ahead.
Council received a total of 480 submissions in relation to the proposal, with them all against the plan.
A total of 123 were received during the notification period (July 6 to July 20 last year) with 88 of those unique submissions and 35 being pro-forma submissions.
A further 357 submissions were received after the notification period - with only eight of them being unique submissions.
Concerns were largely in relation to height, but the report before Councillors point out the current zoning allows for 15.5 metres and, after being amended, the proposal falls within this limit.
There were also concerns in relation to a lack of privacy for neighbours and the impact on parking.
A number of screening devices have been included in the design including rooftop gardens, balustrades and planter boxes which, according to the Council report, is adequate.
The seaside town is a hive of development activity at the moment.
The Catholic Church recently canned plans for a $21.5m block of flats on Hastings Street.
Just down the road on the corner of Market and Queen streets there are plans for a $9m five-storey apartment block.
Terry and Julie Cooper live next door to the vacant block where the 37-unit complex is being proposed.
"This is a poorly designed building in a flood prone area," Mr Cooper said.
"Its units are crammed in and face all four boundaries looking into neighbour's properties, with its only open spaces being balconies and a combined rooftop entertainment area to achieve maximum density and profit with no consideration to neighbours."
Originally published as Hundreds against high rise plan near the beach