Planning application at 228-230 Jones Road Bellbird Park QLD 4300
June 14, 2018, 11:35 p.m.
I would like to also object to the proposed DA for the below listed reasons.
Lot sizes: The proposed development is in breach of ICC Planning Scheme, a council owned planning scheme. The current zoning stipulates requirement for lots of 600m2 or more and yet despite this another development proposal breaching the ICC Planning Scheme is lodged for consideration. This and other like developments devalue the existing character of the area and are detrimental to the suburb’s family friendly and leafy character, a criteria that should be respected and addressed according to ICC schemes.
Traffic Impact Jones Road, Rosemary Street, Fiona Street and other key catchment traffic corridors are already at their capacity level. Every allotment approved generates at least 2 car trips per day and or more. The current road network has already reached its capacity level for the area’s rapidly growing demand for road access and other allied services. To access any type of service, employment or education requires a car trip to the neighbouring areas (Springfield Central, Redbank Plains, Goodna and beyond).
Long term planning This and like developments highlight poor planning and lack of strategic vision for the area. The consequences of these are already felt by all residents as each is financially impacted, either through rising insurance premiums, traffic congestion and time required to access any destination outside their immediate neighbourhood. Also, there are health impacts resulting from rapidly decreasing open and green areas available to the residents and rapidly shrinking community connection torn apart by these aggressive, environmentally destructive practices. Deforestation, land clearance and destructive re-shaping of the local landforms is at odds with the Planning Scheme and are the signs of very poorly scoped developments. As a result, these developments are aggravating pressures on the community’s fabric, removing access to open spaces and an active lifestyle of local residents and negatively contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of our community. This is an outcome we, the residents, do not wish to have imposed upon us and our community. These hidden social costs will put a significant burden not on the ICC or developer but on individuals, families and more importantly, children and young people. Their upbringing and childhood will be negatively affected due to deprivation of minimal garden and open spaces and walking distance access to bushland and open spaces, a natural heritage that has defined generations of Australian communities.
Traffic Constraints I concur with the earlier comments that a right-hand turn from the proposed development site to exit onto Jones Rd would be almost impossible and will create a significant risk of accident or injury at peak school and traffic hours. Also, the congestion will limit students walking access to the school and education facilities as it will be perceived as dangerous and risky, adding to an already high level of traffic congestion in the area.
With 25 proposed allotments, the site will create at least 50 car trips during peak time, if not more. The social impact of this approval will be negatively felt beyond the estate residents, by the broader community and anyone using Jones Rd as their traffic corridor to access their property or services.
Environment Like others, I concur and object to the loss and destruction of even more koala and wildlife habitat. There is no price at which one can restore the total land clearance and environmental vandalism demonstrated by the recent developments in the area. A token tree left out coupled by estate naming practices “woods”, “forests”, “gardens” are a mockery of the ICC planning approval process. Losing more of the area’s flora and fauna is not acceptable and it raises serious questions about ICC and developers’ ability to undertake well designed urban and community planning on behalf of the local community and for the betterment of the community as per ICC planning scheme. Cr Tully please stand up for Bellbird Park and your electorate! Your and ICC councillors’ actions speak louder than words.
From Bellbird Park resident to local councillor Paul Tully