BACK ON TRACK: A delayed housing development will soon be resuming work in Fernvale, following the resolution of an application issue.
BACK ON TRACK: A delayed housing development will soon be resuming work in Fernvale, following the resolution of an application issue.

Fernvale development moving forward despite delays

A DELAYED housing development will soon be resuming work in Fernvale, following the resolution of an application issue.

First approved in January 2009 by the former Esk Shire Council, the 11.809ha development on Banks Creek Road has already undergone a number of extension, expansions, and alterations since then.

Stage One of works, which includes the internal road network, pedestrian paths, and water and sewerage infrastructure, has already been completed.

Earlier this year, it was discovered that part of the application had lapsed, and due to limitations of the legislation, Somerset Regional Council were unable to renew the application themselves.

The issue was brought to the Planning and Environmental Court, where the developer – with a letter of support from the council – was approved an extension on the currency period of the development.

At their meeting this week, Somerset Regional Council gave their approval for the development permit to allow the operator to resume work.

Some councillors raised concerns about aspects of the developments.

“As we council, I know we don’t have any issues with most of this, but the lot sizes seem smaller than usual,” Councillor Cheryl Gaedtke said.

The development site will, when completed, comprise fifty housing lots, strategically located within walking distance of the commercial centre of Fernvale.

Though the proposed lot sizes are smaller than what is allowed under the current Somerset planning scheme, they are consistent with allowances set forth by the former Esk Shire council’s planning scheme, which the development was originally approved under.

This is one of several developments underway in the Fernvale area, with another six lots planned for the same street.

A further 108 lots are planned for the area between Fox, Clive, and Chaplain streets, behind the Woolworths precinct.