Bangalow development ‘out of character’ with town
A PUBLIC meeting to discuss a controversial three-storey $3.5 million development at Bangalow will be held this evening.
The plan, which incorpor- ates eight apartment blocks and three ground-floor shops plus a basement-level car park, has come under fire from many locals as being out of keeping with the town's heritage character.
It was hoped a representative from the developers plus a council planner would be at the public meeting, organiser and president of the Bangalow Progress Association Tony Hart said.
Mr Hart is opposed to the development, believing it will "transform and change for- ever that unique Bangalow feel of the street".
But he said opinion was split in the town.
"There are people who think these things are going to happen and there are those totally against it," Mr Hart said.
He has called for a precinct plan for the street to be drawn up by council to ensure locals, not developers, shape its future.
Bangalow Public School P&C committee president Josh Rogers said the resulting increase in traffic would pose a danger to students.
The development is located on the eastern side of Station St, adjoining the entry to Bangalow Showgrounds.
In the DA, the applicants claim the building complements the existing heritage character of buildings in the street in regard to height, bulk and scale.
"The proposed building has incorporated a two-storey street facade with a front parapet that the buildings designer believes will conceal most of the second and third floors and the roof when viewed from the street," the application says.
The meeting at 6pm is at the RSL Hall in Station St.