Leda spokesman Reg Van Rij.
Leda spokesman Reg Van Rij. Mairi Manley

Controversial Kings Forest development approved

LEDA'S controversial King's Forest development has managed to get development approval from the State Government.

The $2.25 billion project was given the green light for the first 500 plots of the 4500 home project on Tuesday.

"This approval finally paves the way for us to move forward on this project after almost 25 years of planning delay mostly caused by bureaucratic inertia," Leda Developments manager Reg van Rij said.

"This project will not only give the local economy a huge shot in the arm, it will give young people the opportunity to own an affordable home in the area."

Leda Developments have to meet federal conditions which would be gone through with a fine tooth comb.

Mr van Rij said Leda spent well over $100 million before the first block could go on the market.

He said he hoped the first block would be on sale by the end of next year and wanted people to know that although the approval was great, they couldn't start to build straight away.

Leda Developments have to meet federal conditions which would be gone through "with a fine tooth comb".

"It's all part of the normal development process," he said.

Mr Van Rij said Kings Forest development had been turned into a political issue in the past.

"It's been a long and sometimes a bitter quarrel and that should now be over," he said.

"We hope this will allow development to proceed without an issue."

The development project plans included a golf course, two primary schools and a vast area for parks and sports fields.

For the full approval details click here.



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