LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT: Shiralee Road residents Garry and Lesley Smith are worried about the impact of high-density housing on their property in an amended plan for the Shiralee development in south Orange. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0115subdivide1AN Orange couple is calling for the Orange City Council to reject amended plans for the proposed Shiralee development amid concerns of high-density housing on their doorstep.
Public submissions for the amended development plan close on Monday and Shiralee Road residents Garry and Lesley Smith are urging others to send submissions to the council.
The couple have lived on their south Orange property since 2001 and said they had always accepted the land around them would be developed and had gone on public record with their acceptance of plans for the Shiralee development in May.
However, Mrs Smith said there were radical changes in the amendment released in September that were centred around their property at the southern edge of the development.
“It’s a bit like David and Goliath sometimes,” Mrs Smith said.
“The major [issue] is the lot size in the area around us, the lot sizes have got smaller so the possible housing density has increased.”
She said in May the area around their home had been earmarked for lots of about 700 square metres with a few compact lots of 200 square metres. However, she said in the September plan the area was dominated by 400 to 200 square metre lots.
“Overall it’s been an increase of 50 per cent more density from 206 to 317 [properties],” she said.
The Smiths were also concerned about the fate of dams neighbouring their property.
“Next door to us there’s a couple of dams that have bird life on them,” Mrs Smith said. “That area was set aside as public open space and it’s still mostly public open space, but there’s possible provision for a row of compact houses on it.
“That area was also marked for a possible soccer field because it has been identified as an area of medium biodiversity.”
Orange City Council spokesman Nick Redmond said the deadline for community comments on the Shiralee LEP amendment was Monday.
“All community responses will be carefully considered as this important matter is dealt with,” he said.
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