Suffolk resident not wild on plan
Mother of two worried that development on Hayters Drive will make street unsafe YOU cannot build in a wildlife corridor and still preserve the corridor, says Megan Kinninment, who is afraid a development in Suffolk Park will destroy everything she loves about her street. The mother of two is worried that a plan to build 33 homes on a 16 hectare site on Hayters Drive at Baywood Chase will make the street unsafe for the 12 kids living there. She believes all the extra car movements will disturb the environment irrevocably. "It's a wildlife corridor and the development that's being proposed is for a lot of houses to be built at the end of the road," she said. "There'll be a minimum extra 70 car movements each day and it will affect wildlife, the safety of the children and the general amenity of the area. "It's one of the last wildlife corridors in Byron. I'm really upset and disappointed that they had no consultation with the local community before going ahead and putting up a sign at the end of the road. "We've only got three days to put in a submission." But Stephen Bowers, the Director of Special Projects for Petrac, the Brisbane company developing the site, believes the plan will enhance the site. "The reality is that the planning scheme would indicate that you could have about 110 things on the site and we chose not to do that instead only planning 33," he said. "The trees that are going are non-endemic to the area, we're going to plant native species and we've got a plan to maintain that in the future. "We're preserving all the environmental space, adding to the environmental space, we're taking out the weeds. We bought the land for the environmental values that are there and we don't want to build a subdivision like the surrounding area which is conventional suburban housing." Mr Bowers said the residential precinct would only occupy 27 per cent of the land with the remaining land reserved for habitat including the preservation of rainforest on the western escarpment. He also said that the company will register the land as community title ensuring ongoing management of the property and retention of vegetation.