Medical centre plans loom large after unanimous vote

TOORMINA'S planned new three-storey medical centre dominated the first third of Coffs Harbour City Council's final meeting for the year, a three-hour plus marathon session.

Councillors listened intently to arguments for and against the $2 million integrated medical centre at 9 Minorca Pl before voting unanimously to approve it.

The mayor left the meeting for discussion of the item as Cr Denise Knight and her husband own property in the area used as a medical centre. Crs Garry Innes and John Arkan were absent.

Daniel Sutton and Peter Holst addressed the council on behalf of the Toormina Gardens shopping centre and Greg Benson and Dr Peter McDonald spoke on behalf of the developers.

The Toormina Gardens representatives said the development application did not provide enough parking spaces and patients would park in the adjacent shopping centre car park.

Mr Sutton said they would have no choice but to close off access between the two car parks to protect the interests of Toormina Gardens' retail tenants.

The proposed medical centre, with a pharmacy and allied health services on a 364.2sq m site, shares a common parking area with other businesses in the community title subdivision.

Mr Benson said the provisions for car parking had been calculated on the same Roads and Maritime Services formula used for the Toormina Gardens redevelopment car parking. He said patients attended the current medical centre from as far away as the Nambucca Valley.

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