Murwillumbah set to explode - 400 new homes expected to boost population by 1000

A MASSIVE extension of new housing estates west of Murwillumbah could see the town's population increase by more than 1000 with over 400 new homes.

Tweed Shire Council has received development applications for 324 new lots in an extension of the River Oaks estate west of Bray Park, which would link to the Bellevue Heights estate in west Murwillumbah plus a separate application for 65 new lots further west along Old Lismore Road.

Both developments would be on the northern or town side of Tyalgum Road and see a large area of new greenfield housing created.

The developments come on top of concerns expressed by Murwillumbah residents late last year over the traffic which would be generated by 100 new homes planned for a site nearer the centre of town.

Councillors called for more traffic studies before further considering those plans.

Yesterday mayor Warren Polglase said land at west Murwillumbah, which had been selling for $160,000 to $170,000, was $100,000 cheaper than in some subdivisions on the Tweed Coast, creating renewed interest in the town.

Murwillumbah also had existing schools, shops and other infrastructure.

Council development control manager Garry Smith said traffic concerns might be among the issues raised in submissions about the latest development proposals which are currently on public exhibition.

The first proposal for 317 residential lots and seven rural residential lots lodged by River Oaks and Bellevue Heights developer Greenview Developments is on display at council offices until February 3.

The other development of 65 lots proposed by R.B. and L.J Turner is on display until February 14.

Mr Smith said the area had been zoned for housing development since the late 1980s, but it seemed development had only just caught up as land prices nearer the coast soared.

"Values down the coast are such now that it's probably more affordable in Murwillumbah," he said.

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