Planned estate irks residents
By LUIS FELIU
BILAMBIL Heights residents fear a 76-lot housing estate planned to be built on a nearby golf course would have major impact on their amenity and traffic congestion in the area.
An application for the subdivision is currently before Tweed Shire Council with the deadline for submissions, originally due today, now extended till the end of this month.
Terranora Group Management (TGM), which owns the former Terranora Lakes Country Club land, has applied to subdivide an area of the existing golf course for the housing estate.
McAllisters Road resident Kate Cairns said appropriate infrastructure had to be in place before "a subdivision of this magnitude can be given the go-ahead - and it's just not there".
Mrs Cairns said stormwater runoff from the golf course could impact on homes surrounding the planned subdivision, and other planned developments for the area would also have major traffic impacts on residents.
John Chesher, a resident of Marana Drive where the access for the estate is planned to go, said recent clearing of trees on the golf course land had already created a flooding problem for nearby homes.
Mr Chesher, who will speak against the development at council's community access meeting on February 7, said the main objection to the proposal was traffic congestion on nearby Scenic Drive and Cobaki bridge.
"There's too much traffic now for its (bridge) capacity," he said. "If you can imagine, if 76 homes are built there, there will be in excess of 100 extra car movements, and with further development applications lodged for further down McAllisters Road it would become very congested," he said.
Mr Chesher said the golf-course land was rezoned in 1990 from private open space to residential, which caught many residents by surprise as they felt they were not properly consulted.
TGM representative, Mr Godfrey Mantle, could not be contacted yesterday.