Development will eliminate views

DON Opie is one of a number of residents in East Ballina who is set to lose one of the most valuable assets of their properties if a proposed development goes ahead.

The Pacific Terrace resident of 20 years said ‘the whole amenity’ of his ridgeline home would be lost if one of two two-storey four metre buildings planned for Shelly Beach Road, is approved by Ballina Shire Council.

Essentially, his view over Shelly Beach to the east and south-east will become a wall, with small windows, rather than the ocean and rolling surf.

Paul and Sylvia Donaghue moved to Pacific Terrace only two years ago, and made a significant investment in building their new home, with the view being the prized part of the property.

Mr Donaghue said the land valuations on the higher properties were around the $750,000 mark, and properties had been sold in Pacific Terrace for $1m.

Council’s group manager – regulatory services, Rod Willis, said ‘courts in NSW have found that nobody owns a view’.

He said if a residential property complied with council regulations, the developer could ‘reasonably expect’ the development to be approved, even if it blocked a view.

Mr Opie said he was prepared to take the development to the NSW Land and Environment Court if it was approved by council.

Submissions on the DA close April 9.



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