Creek village refusal faces court challenge
A DEVELOPER is taking the Gold Coast City Council to court for its refusal to approve a 352-unit lifestyle resort on prime land backing on to a renowned waterway.
GemLife has filed an appeal to the Planning Environment Court hoping to overturn the Gold Coast City Council decision to knock back the project.
GemLife wants to build an ambitious retirement village backing on to the Currumbin Creek from Galleon Way.
The block is the only undeveloped land with just a few homes on the road along with the cricket pitches and touch fields next door.
The council refused the application early last month because the project did not protect native wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas alongside the creek. Developers filed an appeal against the decision on December 18.
The developer says the reasons for the refusal should not be an issue.
“The proposed development will not cause, increase or have cumulative potential to cause or increase the risks and or hazards associated with flooding,” the claim reads.
“The proposed development will not unacceptably impact upon the retention and enhancement of natural landscape areas.”
If successful, the retirement village will transform that area in Currumbin Waters with 352 apartments.
The development would have 16 buildings, four twostorey buildings facing Galleon Way and 12 distributed throughout the site, all three storeys in height.
“The architecture of the buildings is of contemporary subtropical design incorporating large overhangs with subtle variations in external aesthetic created through colour, materials and fenestration/ screening,” the development application reads.
The retirement village will be for able, independent people who would be able to take advantage of GemLife’s in-home domestic services, nursing, home maintenance and allied health.