A GROUP of Ascot residents are rallying together in an attempt to stop a section of Garvey Park from being turned into housing.
LandCorp purchased Lot 603 Fauntleroy Avenue in 2016, which is a part of the development area known as Development Area 8 (DA8), and now intends to transform the land into a “quality residential development” by rezoning the area and changing the level of density permitted.
Residents from Tibradden Circle and surrounding areas have spoken out about the proposal to the Southern Gazette.
Ascot resident Joanne Fabling said the proposed development would have a major impact on the area.
“This is a very sensitive wetland area and if this development goes ahead then it means more green space will be lost,” she said.
“It’s an area that people use to exercise and where children play football.”
“The area includes many species of migrant bird, dugites and snakes.
“Tibradden Circle is already a narrow road and the increased foot traffic will mean that it’s an accident waiting to happen.”
LandCorp acting chief executive Dean Mudford said the rezoning would allow for appropriate housing to be developed while providing other DA8 landowners with the opportunity to subdivide their blocks.
“This rezoning will bring a greater diversity of housing product to the local area and help the City of Belmont achieve infill targets,” he said.
“The design, layout and zoning of the land will be decided following site investigations and engagement with the local residents and will complement the character of the surrounding area.
Mr Mudford said initial community consultation and site investigations would take place over the next few months.
“Based on this, concept designs will be prepared and presented to local residents in early 2018, followed by the formal statutory planning process,” he said.
“We anticipate construction and sales will commence in 2019.”
Ascot resident Wanda Armenti said it was an issue that been going on for 20 years with various government agencies looking to develop the land.
Lot 603 Fauntleroy Avenue is a 1.69ha site and is the largest of 13 lots within DA8.