A group of Orange residents have become the latest this year to protest plans by Housing Plus to develop in their neighbourhood.
Housing Plus wants to build 14 one- and two-bedroom villas for social housing and affordable accommodation for people over 55 in Lantana Place in North Orange.
However, neighbours say it is an inappropriate site, there are too many units, it will create traffic and crime issues, and will lower house values.
It is the third separate residents' dispute Housing Plus has faced in Orange this year in its efforts to provide much-needed affordable accommodation.
I just don't know why they have to pick here - it's a weird spot to put it.Danielle Collison, resident
Residents in George Weily Place in West Orange are upset over Housing Plus' plans for a domestic violence crisis centre, while others are protesting about a 26- or 28-unit affordable housing complex on Forbes Road.
Housing Plus representatives will attend a meeting of residents in Lantana Place at 6pm on Monday to outline the plans.
Resident Paul Fliedner said the proposal was flawed. "There are too many (villas) for a start," he said.
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Mr Fliedner said a Housing Plus letter-box drop announcing the plans had not reached everyone affected and people needed to meet to voice their concerns.
Another resident Gordon Lynch said it should not be in a residential area, while Danielle Collison said there were more appropriate areas.
"There is a lot of Crown land and council land they could use. I just don't know why they have to pick here - it's a weird spot to put it," she said.
Mrs Collison said it was not close to a medical centre and was a distance from shops and public transport.
"It's going to devalue our houses. They don't think about the families and hard-working people," she said.
Housing Plus project director Justin Cantelo said Housing Plus expected to lodge a development application with Orange City Council in late April.
He said they had looked at 20 sites in Orange and the site met the criteria of being within five kilometres of the CBD and one kilometre of public transport and at least 3000 square metres in size.
Mr Cantelo said the only complaints from neighbours at its three existing housing sites in Orange (on Bletchington Street and Icely Road) had been about rubbish bins.
"We're responding to a significant need for affordable housing, especially from over 55s. There is significant demand for one- and two-bedroom homes in Orange," he said. Mr Cantelo said it met planning requirements.
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