Changes are set to be made to the Gold Coast City Plan after Council gave the green light to a controversial development at Main Beach.
The 20-storey apartment building on Main Beach Parade was approved despite receiving more than 100 objections from local residents who claimed the building would destroy the beachfront ambience.
Council’s Planning Committee recommended last week that the development go ahead with the matter put before today’s full Council meeting.
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Planning Committee Chair Cameron Caldwell admitted he is not a fan of the building, but there is no valid reason for it to be rejected.
“As difficult as it may be and as confronting as it may be the reality is the City Plan provides for this type of development,” Councillor Caldwell told the meeting.
“I don’t particularly like it. For those of you who know I recently got engaged at Main Beach, I’m a member of the Southport Surf Club, I have a great deal of affection for this strip of beach and I don’t want to see things go there that aren’t going to enhance our lifestyle.”
“But the Gold Coast is a city that has strong track record of delivering beachfront high rise developments that provide a very good quality of life for those that live in those areas.”
Division 7 Councillor Gary Baildon warned approving the development would set a dangerous precedent for the entire Gold Coast.
“All of Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami, Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach Currumbin, Tugun, Bilinga and Coolangatta will be up for grabs,” Councillor Baildon said.
The development was approved with only Councillors Baildon, Peter Young, Dawn Crichlow, Paul Taylor and Daphne McDonald opposing it.
Deputy Mayor Donna Gates did not take part in the vote.
Mayor Tom Tate later confirmed amendments are being made to the City Plan, following community feedback since it was introduced in February 2016.
Mayor Tate said the plan was always designed as a ‘living document’ with amendments to be made to reflect changing community views.
He said a future amendment to the plan may place restrictions on the height and density of some proposed absolute beachfront developments in the Main Beach area.
“For now, the majority of Full Council felt the development proposed was worthy of support and it has been supported today.”