BIG ISSUES: Wollongbar Progress Association members Margaret Webb, left, and Esme Daley, are concerned about the plans for a 14
BIG ISSUES: Wollongbar Progress Association members Margaret Webb, left, and Esme Daley, are concerned about the plans for a 14

Slum risk in project

By MARY MANN

MARGARET Webb lives in a 'beautiful community town' but if a 140-lot subdivision planned for Rifle Range Road gets the green light, she fears that will be shattered.

The Wollongbar Progress Association representative says the application for the development, currently with Ballina Shire Council, needs to go back to the drawing board to deal with issues such as open space, footpaths, buffers between houses and the road, and block density.

There are so many issues with the application Ballina Shire Council has placed a 'stop the clock' on it meaning the determination process is frozen until the applicant, Ardill Payne and Partners, responds to council's request for more information.

"We don't want to see it becoming a slum area with buildings so close together there is no space to move," Ms Webb said.

The Avalon Property development will eventually accommodate 170 homes. It is part of the Wollongbar Urban Expansion Area which is consistent with the NSW Regional Strategy.

Progress Association member Marilyn Perkins said one of the biggest issues with the development was with the positioning of Rifle Range Road.

"It was supposed to be realigned prior to development of stage one of Avalon Estate but it didn't happen," Ms Perkins said.

"This issue is ongoing for those people who live along the edge of it, with traffic noise and vehicle headlights impacting on their lives every day and night. It must be realigned now."

The applicant did not return The Northern Star's calls.



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