‘No threat’ to spec­tac­u­lar view

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE home with ar­guably the most spec­tac­u­lar mil­lion-dol­lar view of Port Dou­glas will not im­pact the world­fa­mous out­look from the look­out, ac­cord­ing to the ar­chi­tect.

Con­struc­tion has started on the state-of-the-art house sit­u­ated di­rectly be­low the look­out on Flagstaff Hill and ar­chi­tect Charles Wright said con­cerns it would im­pede the view were un­founded.

The Dou­glas Shire Plan­ning Scheme al­lows for two-storey de­vel­op­ment on Flagstaff Hill but the own­ers spec­i­fied they only wanted a sin­gle­storey 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 home will only be around three me­tres high so it won’t block the view,’’ Mr Wright said.

‘‘It could have been big­ger but the own­ers spec­i­fied a sin­gle storey home so as not to block the views of the look­out di­rectly above them.

‘‘It wouldn’t have been ap­proved oth­er­wise.’’

The pro­posal was pub­licly re­leased and only one ob­jec­tion was re­ceived, which was dis­missed as the pro­posal was found to com­ply with the Dou­glas Shire Plan­ning Scheme.

The build­ing com­pany La Spina Homes chose not to comment on the de­vel­op­ment which will be com­pleted later this year.

AWE­SOME VIEW: (above) the home un­der con­struc­tion on Flagstaff Hill (be­low) plans of the house show­ing view from look out

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