Un-Majestic Way: residents show displeasure about subdivision

RITE OF PASSAGE: Seven townhouses are proposed off this driveway in Majestic Way. Residents have raised safety concerns. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0609units3

RITE OF PASSAGE: Seven townhouses are proposed off this driveway in Majestic Way. Residents have raised safety concerns. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.0609units3

A 12-LOT subdivision near the botanic gardens has been deferred following opposition from neighbouring residents.

The subdivision will include three Torrens title lots, including the existing dwelling house, a public reserve where an electricity transmission line currently runs, seven townhouse lots ranging from 268-351 square metres and a community lot for driveways, visitor parking and landscaped areas.

The seven single-storey houses will feature three bedrooms and a double garage.

While the block fronts Kearneys Drive and Hill Street, the eight small lots and one of the Torres title lots will be accessed from one of Majestic Way’s small double cul-de-sacs via a four-metre driveway.

Majestic Way resident Monica Street disputed the access at the meeting, saying it would create safety concerns.

“Children tend to play in the street,” she said.

“There are 30-odd children, something’s going to happen here.”

Twenty-nine residents also signed a petition against the development.

Council staff reported the development would create an additional 70 traffic movements a day, but the road network could handle the extra traffic and it was up to parents to supervise their children.

However councillors decided to defer pending a site inspection.

Councillor Russell Turner questioned whether the Majestic Way access was chosen to fit more houses on the land.

“We need to find out if that’s the only reason - Kearneys Drive was designed for this purpose,” he said.

Mrs Street welcomed the decision to defer, but she would have to wait and see what happened during the site inspection.

“Hopefully it’s a step in the right direction,” she said.

Applicant Mark Madden said the driveway had been approved previously and should not have come as a surprise.

“It’s not a new development - the land’s always been there, well before Majestic Way even came up to it,” he said.

danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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