At their monthly Council meeting on Monday night voted unanimously to approve a new housing development at Lambkin Street, Hunterview.
Described in the Council minutes as Stage 6 Bridgman Ridge Estate Wattle Ponds the application is for a 43 lot Torrens Title subdivision (including one residual lot) and associated civil engineering works including, roads, drainage, site regrading, tree removal and landscaping at Lambkin Street.
The development also includes the upgrading of the eastern southbound lane of Wattle Ponds Road between the Retreat and the roundabout intersection of Lambkin Street and Gee Street.
The land, which comprises an irregular shaped parcel of rural land of 17.82ha, is located on the western side of Wattle Ponds Road and bordered to the south by the rear boundaries of residential allotments which front Lambkin Street (previous Stage 3 of the Bridgman Ridge Estate) and to the north, the rear boundaries of large lot residential allotments which front Brigadier Hammett Road and are located within the Retreat.
The portion of the land to be developed is situated within the north-western corner of the site and has an area of some 4.68ha. The residual lot (proposed lot 643) will have an area of 13.14ha. The land is identified as being bush fire prone.
The proposal will have minimal environmental impacts as the land is predominantly cleared and historically utilised for cattle grazing. Furthermore, the site is not affected by any natural hazard other than bushfire which can be appropriately managed.
In accordance with the Community Participation Plan, the application was publicly notified for a period of 14 days with no submissions received.
Also decided on Monday night was that Council accept in principle the offer made by Bloomfield Collieries Pty (Rix's Creek Continuation) to enter into the Voluntary Planning Agreement with an amount of $0.432 million.
The draft Planning Agreement and Explanatory Note for this VPA will be placed on public exhibition for a period of not less than 28 days