Toughest view in town approved
THE most spectacular vacant block in Port Douglas will finally be built on.
Cairns Regional Council yesterday approved the development application for a house to be constructed at 42 Murphy Street - the most difficult and highly sought-after block in Port Douglas.
The site is located on the southern slope of Flagstaff Hill, directly below the lookout at the top of Island Point Road.
The Douglas Shire Planning Scheme allows two-storey development on Flagstaff Hill.
Despite this, the owners specified a single-storey design to limit the loss of views from the lookout down to Four Mile Beach, adjoining coastal areas and long distance views to the Macalister Ranges.
The proposal is to construct a two-bedroom, visually unobtrusive house with the building design minimising excavation and filling.
In accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, the application was publicly released and only one submission objecting to the application was received.
The objection submission outlined concerns regarding erosion that could compromise nearby properties and claimed approval of the proposal would be unsightly and result in loss of amenity for surrounding properties.
The application was assessed on its merits and found to comply with the Douglas Shire Planning scheme subject to conditions and dismissed the objections on the evidence provided.
Nice view: the vacant block on Murphy St