The proposal of a glamping and pod accommodation site on the East Coast has been met with opposition by one of the site’s neighbours.
Louise Costanzo lives adjacent to the site – she said she had a number of “serious” concerns about the proposal.
She said she was worried about the increase in visitors to the residential area, and monitoring behaviour and noise levels at night by visitors would be difficult.
“I don’t have an issue with camping or campers … [but] you don’t know what sort of behaviour you’re going to get,” Ms Costanzo said.
“You could have up to 20-40 people staying there every night.
“All of that [noise] would carry straight over to other properties, not only to me, it would be to my neighbours up the hill who often bear the noise of all the people that visit Little Beach reserve.”
Ms Costanzo said she was also worried about the impact the accommodation would have on the environmental aspects of the area, including possible fire risks should any possible campers light one.
“There’d be loads of extra people walking on the rocks, that in of itself brings potential for rubbish,” she said.
Property owners and proposers of the accommodation Lynne Wilton and Paul Bunn said numerous reports, including traffic impact, Aboriginal and heritage, natural values, bushfire and acoustic assessments were submitted to the Break O’Day Council.
Ms Wilton said the commissioned reports costed the couple about $20,000 in total, addressing all issues.
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She said no flora apart from small weeds would be moved for the development, and that trees on the site had even been voluntarily tagged for GPS tracking to ensure they wouldn’t be moved.
Ms Wilton also said open fires wouldn’t be permitted on the site.
Mr Bunn said the site’s location on the Tasman Highway meant any traffic increase wouldn’t be noticeable.
“It’s [accommodation] targeted at people who just want to get away and have a quiet weekend,” he said.
The term glamping refers to a more glamorous and boutique approach to camping. Ms Costanzo said the concerns about the development were held by “a lot” of neighbouring homeowners.
Ms Wilton said the pair had allayed concerns about the development held by some of their neighbours.
Should the development be approved, Ms Wilton anticipated the glamping site would open in November 2020.