An architectural design of plans for a new home in Rayner Lane, Lennox Head.
An architectural design of plans for a new home in Rayner Lane, Lennox Head. Contributed

Why plans for this luxury home were refused by council

THE owners of a prized block less than 100m from the beach will be rethinking their development options after their plans for a $975,000 building were rejected by Ballina Shire Council.

The development application for the site in Rayner Lane, Lennox Head, was lodged with the council late last year.

It included demolishing the existing structure to make way for a three-level building with five bedrooms, a pool, spa, gym, media room, cellar and games room.

But at this month's council meeting the plans were refused by councillors in a unanimous vote.

The reasons included:

  • The proposed development does meet the building envelope objectives of the Ballina Shire Development Control Plan 2012, with the scale and location of the building having "significant adverse impacts on adjoining properties and the streetscape"
  • The proposed development does not meet the Coastal Hazard Protection objectives and Foreshore Building line setback requirements
  • Approval of the development is "not in the public interest".

However planners Ardill Payne and Partners, in documents lodged with the council on behalf of the owners, explained the building's non-compliance with the building envelope and Rayner Lane building line controls had been assessed and were considered "reasonable".

"The development has been designed such that is highly functional and will provide a high level of residential amenity to its residents and will present well in the local streetscape and landscape," the report states.

"Integral to the development is site landscaping that will soften the built form and beautify the site."

Meanwhile, plans for a new home next door were approved by the council last year, although alterations to the DA were refused by the councillors at the last meeting.

The works are estimated to cost $1.75 million.

This property will be a double storey home with four bedrooms, a pool, rumpus room and bar.

It was designed by MS Design, an award-winning, Gold Coast-based home design company - and the same company that designed the plans that were refused by the council for the site next door.