Residents seek clarity over school

The masterplan states the school site is in the process of being transferred to the Department of Education but there has been no confirmation from the department as to when the school will be developed.

�In the unlikely event the school site is determined surplus to requirements by the Department of Education, a separate planning exercise including community consultation and formal planning approvals would be required to determine an appropriate alternative use of the land,� it said.

Cr Tom McLean said there was �considerable anxiety from the local community� and he hoped City officers would continue to �seek clarity from the State Government�.

He said there was also �some anxiety� regarding a local shop. The masterplan states the Burns Beach structure plan set aside a small local shop site on the corner of Whitehaven Avenue and Grand Ocean Entrance.

�This site remains undeveloped and the viability of a shop in this location has been previously questioned,� the masterplan said.

The masterplan recommends the City ensures the potential for a local shop is maintained at the site and engages with the developer and potential buyers. However, at the June 9 briefing, resident Adrian Hill said the local shop site could not be developed until 2021 because of restricted covenants.

Planning and community development director Dale Page said it was a complex situation and the City had sent a letter of support to remove the covenants. �Beyond that, there is not much we can do,� she said.

�The developer faces a couple of challenges with removing those covenants because they require the approval of all landowners to agree which would be very difficult.�

The plan also recommends that the City not pursue the development of a swimming beach or surf club.

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