Muswellbrook Shire Council defers Rutherford Road development application to next meeting

FOR five years, the Greens have enjoyed their peaceful location at Casuarina Close.

PEACEFUL: The residents of Casuarina Close are hoping to hear more about limits on proposed development before it is approved.

PEACEFUL: The residents of Casuarina Close are hoping to hear more about limits on proposed development before it is approved.

At an ordinary council meeting on Tuesday night, resident Michelle Green addressed those present regarding a development application she believed would affect her family and their neighbours.

The applicant was seeking to construct a two-storey vehicle sales premises in Rutherford Road, next to the 12-home cul-de-sac.

“Noise, lighting, lack of privacy, visual amenity, traffic flow, security and impact on property process and rental returns is of great concern to ourselves and our neighbours should his building be constructed as planned,” Mrs Green said.

She said their major concern was the possibility of impact on residents’ comfort.

“Our main marketing point when advertising for the rental market was the quiet nature of the street and the house being set up perfectly to accommodate shift workers,” she said.

“We have a genuine concern the impact of noise in the neighbourhood could lead to lower occupancy rates and rental returns.

“If and when we decide to sell, we also believe we may take a financial hit due to the less than desirous nature of noise pollution and the visual amenity of a large commercial building in the near vicinity.

“We are a young family working hard to get ahead in life and absolutely cannot afford to accept a financial loss on this property.”

She asked the development application be deferred until further reassurances could be given regarding noise concerns, and the design of the building to be reconsidered to better facilitate harmonious coexistence with neighbouring residential zones.

Mrs Green said she believed the response by the applicant in regards to concerns of noise complaints was insufficient.

“I would think that before approval is given, the DA must clearly state what upgrades will be included to achieve acceptable noise levels,” she said.

“We absolutely support building bigger, better businesses and job creation in the Muswellbrook Shire.

“However, we do feel this DA gives insufficient consideration to the impact of Casuarina Close will experience if it was to be approved in its current format.”

The application was deferred to the next ordinary council meeting in March.

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