Officials back Flinders Square development

The proposed Flinders Street development is a three-tower commercial and residential complex, with 160 apartments.

The proposed Flinders Street development is a three-tower commercial and residential complex, with 160 apartments.

Wollongong City Council staff have recommended a $40.5 million residential and commercial precinct on Flinders Street be granted conditional approval by the region's planning authority next week.

The Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) will meet next week to decide whether to allow developer Michael Corban to build a three-tower complex, with 160 apartments, in place of some of the run-down shops and car yards lining Wollongong's northern entranceway.

According to documents to be considered by the panel, the nine-storey development - which would be known as Flinders Square - was considered to be compatible with its surrounding area and would "positively contribute to the public domain".

While the plans for Flinders Square were on exhibition, the council received just one objection, which highlighted the effects it would have on adjoining property and existing structures.

However, council staff said the development was not expected to affect neighbouring visibility, access and parking.

The JRPP meeting will be held at Wollongong Council Chambers at 12.30pm on June 26.

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