A DISUSED quarry on Racecourse Road will become a private lake for 14 households if the unique real estate opportunity is given the OK by Orange City Council.
Jim Simpson from Keronga Developments unveiled his plans for the former quarry last year when council signed off on rezoning the land from industrial to residential.
He has now lodged a development application with the council for an 18 lot residential subdivision.
At the time, he described the flooded quarry as a giant swimming pool and believed it would be a selling point for the development.
The owners of 14 blocks, ranging in size from 700 square metres to 1925 square metres, will have exclusive use of the lake, a pontoon or jetty and beach area at the south end as well as a recreational area fronting on to Cedar Street including tennis court, play equipment and barbecue area.
But they will have to agree to share the maintenance of the area and the fenced walkway surrounding the water’s edge, according to the development application prepared by the owner’s town planner.
“The proposed development would enhance the security of the quarry lake and minimise entry by unauthorised persons,” the town planner said in support of the DA.
“The quarry lake can become a recreational asset to a residential estate.”
The site, unused since 2004, is heritage listed as an item of state significance because it was the source of Orange’s bluestone kerb and guttering, but the developer plans to photograph and survey the site before any changes are made.
Council staff are yet to formally assess the application, but in discussions with the owner identified the quarry’s stability as a potential issue.
A geotechnical investigation commissioned by the owner found the majority of the site was stable and suitable for residential development and the chance of rock fall around the lake’s edge would be “rare to impossible”.
Despite past use as a concrete and hotmix asphalt plant, remediation work would make the site suitable for residences, according to an action plan developed for the site.
A large 6000 square metre lot fronting Cedar Street also proposed as part of the DA will be subdivided in the future and could include duplex developments.
Mr Simpson was unavailable for comment.