A Kendall manufactured home estate will be established in the area after the plan for its development was approved.
The development was unanimously passed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Development Assessment Panel (DAP) at a meeting on Wednesday, November 28.
The estimated cost of the development is about $7 million.
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The Woodglen Lifestyle Estate will be located on Batar Creek Road, Kendall and includes 198 home sites.
A spokesperson from the Camden Heads Lifestyle Village company said they were pleased with the outcome.
"In his closing, the DAP chairman commented that the proposal is well thought out, well laid out and well designed,” she said.
“These comments reflect the considerable work undertaken by the proponents and consultants to ensure Woodglen Lifestyle Estate is in keeping with the area's rural and village context.”
The Camden Heads Lifestyle Village spokesperson said this is an exciting opportunity for Kendall and the Camden Haven.
“It will bring a significant boost to the local economy and community, while the staged release of sites will minimise impacts by allowing a gradual increase in population,” she said.
"The large home sites, open space and landscaping, walking trails, community facilities and village design will set a new benchmark for the standard of lifestyle resorts within the local area.
“The carefully considered and high quality development will be one that Kendall can be proud of."
Kendall resident Milly Jones said the result at the meeting was devastating.
“They dismissed all questions of population, medical availability, traffic danger, roads and congestion, general services, family needs and the character of our historic village,” she said.
“Character is a critical element of local areas. It’s the way a place looks and feels and is supposed to be considered in any development application.”
Milly Jones made reference to a council meeting on November 8 at the Kew Council Club, where residents came together to voice their opinions on the area’s future management.
“It was made abundantly clear to them (council staff) that one of the main wishes of the community was no high density housing,” she said.
Kendall resident David Adamson said the quiet rural village of Kendall has been sacrificed to the state planning minister’s directive to approve MHEs, regarded by him and the chair of the DAP as desirable affordable housing.
David said residents have been informed by council that they will ‘manage growth’.
“We have learnt that it is state planning which decides and council merely executes the directives.”
Port Macquarie-Hastings councillor Peter Alley said there are many conditions which the development had to abide by, and he believes these will improve the outcome for the community.
Cr Alley said residents were given the opportunity to voice their concerns throughout the consultation process.