Landslip fears fall on new subdivision plan

NSW Planning has promised to take seriously Tweed Heights' residents fears about a massive new 200-home subdivision planned for a hilly, waterlogged site off Fraser Drive.

The residents fear possible landslips on the 50 hectare block earmarked for homes, duplexes and units, after cutting and filling and with extensive retaining walls, by Tweed company Greenview Developments Pty Ltd and one of Australia's largest residential developers, MFS Diversified Group, based on the Gold Coast.

MFS, formerly Villa World, had a development proposal for the site rejected by NSW Planning in 2004, after another developer Metricon abandoned development plans for the same site in 2001. The public comment period for the latest proposal ended two weeks ago.

A NSW Planning spokesman yesterday said the department would now seek responses from Greenview and MFS, before making recommendations to Planning Minister Frank Sartor.

Ocean Ave resident Candice Turner said she was pleased the department was taking residents' concerns seriously. The NSW Planning spokesman said: "The department is currently collating the submissions received during the public exhibition period and these submissions will be provided to the proponent to enable them to respond to the issues raised.

"The proponent's response will then be made available on the department's website and the department will finalise its assessment of the proposal.

"Any concerns raised by residents in submissions will be taken into account. The proponent's environmental assessment report does include discussion of geotechnical issues such as the site gradient."

Greenview director Brian Turner yesterday declined to comment.

He said there would be no comment while the project was still at the planning stage.

MFS boss Brent Hailey this week also declined to respond to the residents' concerns, but said his company wanted to build only on the flat portion of the site.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest has refused to support the project.

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