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Blue Spruces Cottages in Hampton
A successful appeal to IRAC by a cottage owner has quashed plans for commercial development in Hampton.
The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has allowed Gary McLure's appeal that quashes plans to renovate and relocate existing rental cottages and locate nine additional cottages in Hampton.
McLure argued there was no authority under the Planning Act or the regulations to append a lot.
He submitted that section 30 of the regulations would not apply to allow the subdivision to be rescinded as the developer is not the original owner.
McLure also submitted that there is nothing in the minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs' file to establish that an entranceway permit was issued by the minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
The appellant argued as well that the development permit would create a detrimental impact with respect to safety at the highway access point and with respect to surrounding land uses.
McLure also submitted that parking and drainage matters were not considered, and the minister's decisions reflect approval of a premature development with a lack of sound land use planning.
David Wu of Hampton Beach Resort Developments had told The Guardian in October big plans were in the works. He was eyeing development of almost 80 cottage units as well as looking at building a driving range and a nine-hole golf course.
Wu could not be reached Friday but McLure's successful appeal would appear to put an end to those development plans.