STIRLING residents are fighting a proposed 21-unit development in their cul-de-sac.
The City of Stirling recommended approval of a four-storey building on the west side of Trevithick Close, abutting Telford Crescent, but residents are concerned about the potential effects on their small street.
A City report at the May council meeting said the only legal access to the apartments was via Trevithick Close as it was separated from the Telford Crescent road reserve by a strip of Crown land, which is part of a public reserve.
Resident Jill Stiely described it as a “very quiet street”.
“There are a lot of residents who are very upset by this,” she said.
Neighbour Sandra Dowling has lived in the street for 15 years and believed it would “make a huge impact”.
The subject site is one of four lots on the west side of Trevithick Close, abutting Telford Crescent, that are part of the Stirling city centre’s station precinct plan and can be developed into three to four-storey multiple dwellings, while the remainder of homes on the street are zoned R20.
But after a petition from residents, councillors at last week’s meeting voted to have the strip along Telford excised from the greater Crown reserve area and made into road reserve.
This will enable vehicle access and egress crossovers from the proposed apartments to Telford Crescent.
It will be advertised for public comment and if there are no objections forwarded to the Lands Minister for approval.
Despite this, residents maintained the development was unsuitable for the area. Ms Stiely was also unhappy that the City recommended approval despite the proposal not meeting various requirements, including boundary and parking bay setbacks, and minimum outdoor living area and communal space sizes.
“None of the residents are opposed to the development per se but it has to be done in a sensible way,” she said.
“It has to be done so it doesn’t diminish the amenity of the neighbourhood.”
Justin Rose’s home is on the opposite side of the proposed development but shared Trevithick Close residents’ concerns.
“There just isn’t room for that many cars. It’s turning a family area into high density housing,” he said.