An artist's impression of the new shop-top housing development planned for the corner of Kerr and River Sts, Ballina.
An artist's impression of the new shop-top housing development planned for the corner of Kerr and River Sts, Ballina.

$12m Ballina development could stumble over decorative roof

A NEW $12 million shop-top development proposed for the Sundowner Motel site in Ballina would have a decorative architectural roof as one of its standout features.

But this roof could become a sticking point as the council considers the merit of the application.

According to the application documents, lodged by Planners North on behalf of site owners Reside Living @ Ballina, the roof feature would contribute to the design of the building and provide an opportunity for an atrium to "maximise internal solar access for residents".

The roof is "a key design element in identifying and landmarking the residential component of the site".

"Whilst it is functional, the sole reason for its form is as an aesthetic device," the report states.

"It comprises an elegant lightweight capitol overhanging whilst simultaneously protecting the residents from the intense sun and rain."

The roof would include a "classical sub-tropical tin roof", and the western element would be a butterfly roof with "high flying wings".

The total height of the proposed building, including the feature roof, is 23 metres.

Planners North has argued that the height of the building is justified because the architectural roof feature is decorative only, is not an advertising structure, and does not include floor space area.

The council's development group manager, Rod Willis, told councillors there would be a briefing prior to a decision being made on the application.

"There are a range of issues," he said.



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