Kendall development decision likely at development assessment panel meeting

Just say no: Kendall residents Millie Jones and David Adamsom say the majority of Kendall residents oppose the planned manufactured home development off Batar Creek Road.

Just say no: Kendall residents Millie Jones and David Adamsom say the majority of Kendall residents oppose the planned manufactured home development off Batar Creek Road.

A planned manufactured home development at Kendall will go before Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's development assessment panel at 5.30pm on Wednesday November 28.

The development would see some 198 manufactured housing sites construction in stages on land fronting Batar Creek Road.

The site covers some 21.8 hectares of land that was rezoned from rural to residential in 2006.

The proposed residential sites vary in size and range from 272 square metres to 466 square metres.

Land Dynamics is the application for owners MJ and PB Angel. 

The estimated cost of the development is $7.075 million.

But not everyone is happy with the development.

A group of Kendall residents calling themselves 'Don't take the heart out of Kendall' plans to attend Wednesday's meeting.

Spokesperson David Adamson says the development doesn't suit the character and future growth of the village.

"Kendall will eventually be development but it must be in keeping with the character and history of the village," he said.

"The future of Kendall relies on development catering for younger families; to keep our schools and sporting groups operating.

"This is a development for retirees, which would impact on our future growth potential.

"We are also concerned about traffic flow impacts on the village.

If the panel applies the correct interpretation to that piece of legislation this development cannot go ahead on the proposed site.

David Adamsom

"It is our belief that vehicle movements will triple in number if this development goes ahead. The local road network would not cope with these increases," he said.

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Specifically, Mr Adamson pointed to the three-way intersection of Graham, Comboyne and Orara streets as being unable to cope with increased traffic.

The group is calling on residents who oppose the development to attended the DAP meeting.

"We want as much support from local residents," he said. "We want to challenge the statements likely to be put forward."

Mr Adamsom says the development also fails one simple test: zoning.

"The current R1 general residential zoning does not support manufactured housing estates. In our view that means this development should not go ahead on that simple legislative point.

"If the panel applies the correct interpretation to that piece of legislation this development cannot go ahead on the proposed site."

Mr Adamsom says two public meetings held in Kendall unanimously opposed the development.

The DAP report states the proposal will be unlikely to have any adverse impacts to existing adjoining properties or the public domain.

"The land to the east is zoned rural and will have a substantial separation to the MHE dwellings due to the large area of open space, drainage and community facilities," the report states.

The development is not considered to be contrary to the public's interest and will not result a significant adverse social, environmental or economic impact.

DAP report

"The showground to the north will be screened by new fencing and a landscape strip along the entire northern boundary.

"The proposal is considered to adequately address the planning controls for the area.

"The site is zoned for residential purposes and is adjoining the existing village of Kendall."

The assessment of impact on local character within the village of Kendall has been specifically requested to be addressed by the applicant during the assessment of the application, the report notes.

In its conclusion, the report says the site is considered suitable for the proposed development and the proposal adequately addresses relevant planning controls. 

An example of one of the manufactured homes planned for the site. Photo: artist's impression from DAP report.

An example of one of the manufactured homes planned for the site. Photo: artist's impression from DAP report.

"The development is not considered to be contrary to the public's interest and will not result a significant adverse social, environmental or economic impact," the report says.

"It is recommended that the application be approved, subject to the recommended conditions of consent provided in the attachment section of this report."

The Camden Haven Courier contacted the Camden Heads Lifestyle Village for comment.

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