The Joint Regional Planning Panel has approved the proposed drug and alcohol rehab centre at Bucca.
The Joint Regional Planning Panel has approved the proposed drug and alcohol rehab centre at Bucca.

Bucca rehab centre approved

BUCCA residents were left stunned by a decision to grant approval for a drug and alcohol rehabilition to be built at 215 Randalls Rd.

The approval was granted by the Joint Regional Planning Panel after a lengthy meeting was held at Coffs Harbour City Council's Chambers where both sides of the argument were heard.

The recommendation from Council to the Panel was for the development application to be refused but legal arguments from the applicants, Adele, swayed the majority of the five-member panel.

The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel has resolved that it intends to approve a development application for a transitional group home at 215 Randalls Road, Bucca, subject to suitable conditions of consent.

The proposed development, which is subject to conditions of consent, includes:

  • an accommodation building of two storeys with 20 bedrooms, separate communal lounge areas and laundries
  • an administration building of two storeys containing a computer room, group meeting room, three interview rooms, lounge, smaller meeting room, store, laundry and toilet facilities as well as dining room, lounge, conference room, kitchen, reception, offices and administration area
  • an exercise pavilion including gymnasium, pools, shower and change rooms
  • a covered communal gathering area, nine car parking spaces, loading dock
  • a single story dwelling house for visitor accommodation.

"The panel has reviewed the development application and believes that the proposed development meets the objectives of all applicable environmental planning instruments and other relevant planning legislation,"Chair of the Northern regional panel," Mr Garry West said.

"Specifically, the proposed development was considered to be permissible under the relevant planning legislation, as a transitional group home, contrary to Council's assessment report."

The proposed development is a transitional group home with ancillary dwellings and facilities.

The development will be used for residential rehabilitation programs for men recovering from drug and alcohol problems and would provide short term accommodation for persons participating in registered programs of the group home operator.

As the proposed development is for private infrastructure with a capital investment value of more than $5 million, the determination of the application was made by the regional panels.

More information on the regional panels can be found at www.jrpp.nsw.gov.au



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