Tough­est view in town ap­proved

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by JESSIE TOL­SON

Nice view: the va­cant block on Mur­phy St

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