Council gives green light to Coffs brothel



CONSULTANT Kerry Power said yesterday he was very happy with Coffs Harbour City Council's decision to approve the development application for the city's second legal brothel.

Mr Power has been acting for the brothel's developer, Neville Wallbridge. Mr Wallbridge, who is on holiday, was unavailable for comment.

Coffs Harbour City Council gave conditional approval to the proposed brothel for Unit 6, 25-27 Hurley Drive, Coffs Harbour, at its meeting on Thursday night.

Proceedings had begun in the Land and Environment Court against the council's 'deemed refusal' of the development application, after the council had voted to defer the matter at its December 15, 2005 meeting.

The council had written to the applicant, requesting a meeting to discuss the DA, but this offer was not taken up.

The council on Thursday night voted to approve the brothel, subject to technical conditions.

Mr Power said yesterday the action in the Land and Environment Court would be withdrawn and he would now begin work on preparing the building application.

He said considerable building work was involved but he expected the business to be open in a few months time.

The proposal for the brothel involves constructing a free standing and self-supporting building inside an industrial bay, so the business does not impinge on the building structure of neighbouring units.

The council will prepare a set of suitable guidelines for the establishment and location of legalised brothels within the Coffs Harbour local government area.



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