Objectors study approval of units

A SUFFOLK Park group is studying its options to try to amend plans for a large housing development near the entrance to the village.

Suffolk Park Progress Association spokesperson Karin Kolbe said its committee was having ‘a close look at all aspects of the development application (DA)’.

Several features of the application had been kept confidential, and many details were still not available, but were part of the consent conditions, she said.

Too many questions remained unanswered, Ms Kolbe said.

Byron Shire Council approved the development of a 52-unit block in Broken Head Road at its meeting in February – a decision that shocked members of the group, who were hoping for a deferral.

The decision had come ‘out of the blue’, Ms Kolbe said.

The proposal had originally appeared two years ago. Many people had objected to it then and heard no more, she said.

They had been given less than a week’s notice it was on the council’s meeting agenda last month.

The group was particularly concerned about the impact on flooding, contamination of the land, visual impact and traffic problems.

The deferral had been sought to try to absorb some of the details of the DA, much of which required technical knowledge.

“We are contacting others in the area to see if they want to contribute their expertise,” Ms Kolbe said.

One resident who believed he would be affected by the number of people passing his house had decided to sell.



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