Peregian caravan park future under discussion
  • Wednesday 13 August 2008

A proposal to redevelop the Peregian Beach Caravan Park into a unit complex with offices, restaurants and shops was not supported by Councillors at the Sunshine Coast Council Strategy and Planning Committee meeting today and was referred to the Ordinary meeting of Council for refusal.

The proposal for the David Low Way caravan park and three adjoining lots includes plans for 88 visitor accommodation units, 30 self contained visitor units and commercial uses, with a maximum height of three storeys.

Director of Regional Planning and Strategy, Warren Bunker said the development was recommended for refusal for a range or reasons including its size, traffic problems and the need to retain low cost visitor accommodation in the area.

“This application conflicts with the Noosa Plan, the planning scheme for the area, and is contrary to the overall and specific outcomes of the Locality Code for Eastern Beaches,” Mr Bunker said.

“The Noosa Plan and its locality code for Eastern Beaches establish outcomes and design requirements for development in Peregian Beach.

“Unfortunately, the proposed development does not meet the regulations nor the objectives of these documents in term of use, height, scale, bulk and need.

“It does not retain a caravan park component on the site to ensure low cost visitor accommodation is still available in the area; it proposes retail and restaurant uses that are inconsistent for the site; it is of a scale that is not compatible with its surroundings; it does not provide sufficient parking on the site; and inadequate access to the site will create traffic problems.”

Councillors on the committee referred the proposal to the Ordinary meeting on Thursday 21 August, at the Caloundra Office, for consideration by the whole Council.