Central Bucca residents are rallying against plans for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Randalls Rd.
Central Bucca residents are rallying against plans for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Randalls Rd. Trevor Veale

Bucca rehab centre meeting today

A PROPOSED development in Bucca that has members of the local community up in arms is set for determination by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel this afternoon.

The application is for a multi-storey 'transitional group home' on Randalls Road.

If approved the group home will have the capability to accommodate 40 clients together with staff accommodation, a chapel and recreational facility with a full-size playing field, running track and cricket nets.

The residential rehabilitation program is for men recovering from alcohol and drug abuse.

The development has been proposed by Adele, a not-for-profit charity organisation that currently has similar operations in Sydney.

It is believed Coffs Harbour City Council has received more than 50 submissions from concerned residents against the proposed development.

The majority of submissions relate to a belief the proposed development is inappropriate use of rural land and is in fact prohibited under the current Local Environment Plan (LEP 2000).

The recommendations from this afternoon's Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel are expected to be known by 5pm when Panel Chair Mr Garry West will be available for comment at Coffs Harbour City Council.
 



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