Unit plan splits elected reps
IT WILL be a tough battle of numbers at next week’s council general meeting when a planning application for a dozen units on Warwick’s King St seeks to get the final tick of approval.
Though it narrowly jumped through the first hoop at yesterday’s planning services committee meeting with the casting vote of chairman Cr Neil Meiklejohn, it will take a lot to convince Councillors Vic Pennisi, Jo McNally, Cameron Gow and Ross Bartley it’s a good outcome.
The land, which has frontage on King St and Oak Avenue, is currently of mixed use between industrial and residential. Despite submissions from both nearby residents and neighbouring businesses expressing concerns with the application, council’s planning department said it believed it was a reasonable planning outcome, subject to some conditions.
Planning director Ken Harris suggested instead of 12 units, there should be 11 and double glazing and walls will need to ensure external noise from the industrial side of the street is kept to a minimum.
The applicant, MKB Property Pty Ltd, who attended yesterday’s meeting, said in its report each of the dozen units is comprised of three bedrooms, one study, kitchen, laundry, bathroom, living/dining area and one garage.
Cr Bartley expressed concerns about the number of wheelie bins on rubbish collection day, while Cr Pennisi said he was concerned about parking in the area as well as a shadow it would cast on a neighbouring property.
But Mr Harris said the development complied with all necessary requirements and Cr Peter Blundell moved in line with the recommendation. With Mayor Ron Bellingham absent from yesterday’s meeting, it will be a tight vote at next week’s general meeting .