Dubbo Regional Council will make a decision on Macleay Street Council House on Thursday | Liberal Daily

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A decision will be made on Thursday over a controversial pension on Macleay Street. An application for the development of a boarding house is currently before the Dubbo Regional Council. It could accommodate up to 18 people. The boarding house would consist of two buildings. A single-storey dwelling with six bedrooms, each including a kitchenette and bathroom, plus a common living area. And a two-story building with the same layout that has six bedrooms on each floor. ALSO MAKING THE NEWS: The building plan also provides for nine parking spaces. The development application was presented to council at the regular January meeting. However, after hearing from members of the public who did not want this to continue, the decision was postponed until the February meeting, which will be held on Thursday. A Dubbo resident, who has a family member in Macleay St, said she was concerned that boarding house residents would congregate on the outdoor pathway and gutter. She was also worried about the noise it would generate. Before making a decision, the councilors had the opportunity to visit the site and speak to neighbors and a representative of the developer. Board staff still recommends that the facility be approved. “Noting that the development application meets planning/legislative requirements, it is recommended for approval, subject to conditional consent,” Development and Environment Manager Stephen Wallace said in the council’s report. . “However, should council refuse the development application, the applicant has the right to appeal against the decision to the NSW Land and Environmental Court, and therefore council would be required to defend the decision.” Mr Wallace said the costs involved in such a case could not be precisely quantified.


Elna M. Lemons