The Local Planning Panel has refused permission to amend a development approved for commercial premises and shop top housing on 10-16 Painters Lane, Terrigal.
The developers wanted to add pedestrian bridges and a central lift to connect the two buildings which were already approved to be built on the site.
The modifications included an extra level of basement parking and fewer but larger apartments.
The developer had addressed the panel meeting, arguing the amended plans were basically the same as the development approved in 2015 for two five storey towers with commercial space and 31 units.
But the panel ruled that the proposed modification was not substantially the same development for which consent was originally granted..
“As such, the Panel has formed the view that it has no power to modify the Consent,” it said.
“The proposed modification would result in additional unreasonable impacts as a result of additional floor space and reduction in distance between buildings as required under SEPP 65 and the Apartment Design Guidelines.”
The panel said the proposed modification had not suitably responded to the concerns raised in public submissions and was not in the public interest.
The proposal was for part of the “Rapedo” lands, an amalgamated site enclosed by Painters Lane and Campbell Crescent which years ago attracted its own amendments to the former Gosford Council’s Local Environment Plan (LEP).
The panel met on June 23 and the minutes became public the following week
The developer has the option of now submitting an entirely new development application for the proposal.