Lennox development plea

THREE Ballina Shire councillors have demanded an application for 74 affordable housing units at Greenwood Grove in Lennox Head be put on the council’s agenda so a formal submission can be made.

The controversial application is worth more than $7 million and was submitted under the NSW Government’s new State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Housing).

That means it will be decided by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

But councillors Alan Brown, Robyn Hordern and Sharon Cadwallader want it to be discussed by the full council so it can make a formal submission to the panel.

Several objections to the proposal have already been lodged.

Lennox Head woman Tracy Easton wrote that approving affordable housing for Greenwood Grove would turn the area into a ‘ghetto’.

“Let’s put a stop to this application,” she said.

“It is not in the best interest of our community.”

Another objector, Meredith Mancini, said the plan to include affordable housing was a ‘farce to be able to over-develop this site’.

“The overall impact on this area and surrounding environment would be a disaster, and I am appalled that the council and State Government are even entertaining the idea in the first place,” she wrote.

“I can only hope that sanity prevails.”

No submissions have yet been made in favour of the application.

But town planner Steve Connelly, speaking on behalf of developer Chris Condon, has previously said it was a concern that people were unhappy.

“However, the policy that governs affordable housing is a State Government one and it deliberately changes the rules,” he told The Northern Star after lodging the application.

“There has to be a balance against the need for people to have good shelter.

“In our shire that’s something we struggle with.”

The application to build 74 affordable housing units at Greenwood Grove will be on public exhibition until July 23.

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