Government approves Lismore units

THE NSW Government has approved the construction of a block of units in the heart of Lismore's most historic suburb.

The Lismore City Council and National Trust are opposed to building the six units at 175 Dawson Street, Girards Hill. The DA was lodged by a NSW Government agency, the Office of Community Housing.

The council unanimously rejected it in May, arguing a high-density development did not belong in National Trust-listed Girards Hill.

But NSW Planning Minister Kristina Keneally has overridden council.

Because the application was submitted by a State Government body, council does not have the power to reject it or impose conditions.

“We are appalled by this,” Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell told an extraordinary council meeting held last night.

The council voted to write to the Minister asking her to revisit the decision and negotiate with council to find an alternative site.

But should the development still proceed, council wants the buildings to be clad with weatherboard and painted in a heritage colour-scheme.

“All we can do is tinker around the edges,” Cr Dowell said.

She urged council not to give up on stopping the project and suggested approaching the State Opposition for support.

Girards Hill residents at the meeting also vowed to fight on to stop the development.

The National Trust has described the units as 'an unsympathetic intrusion'.

“The development design ... degrades the heritage values of the Heritage Conservation Area,” Trust program director Scott Woodcock said.



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