The Banyan Hill neighbourhood at Ballina Heights.
The Banyan Hill neighbourhood at Ballina Heights.

Ballina development to steam ahead ‘unimpeded’

A RECENT Land and Environment Court battle over the Banyan Hill development has been settled.

More than 130 families have invested in land at the Ballina Heights site, with their hopes resting on the outcome of the case.

Development consent was granted for bulk earthworks and stockpiling of materials, and the developer now awaits the approval of a construction certificate to start works.

Intrapac Property spokesman Max Shifman is chipper about the proposed development consisting of 457 residential lots.

"The outcome from the LEC is positive," Mr Shifman said.

"We will be able to proceed more or less unimpeded on construction from here subject to council meeting some agreed time frames.

"Nothing at all will be prevented from being built."

Plans to build stage two and three have been pushed back - Intrapac's website has been updated this week to say construction works are expected to be finished in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2020, rather than the second quarter of the year.

"The council's requirements will be met without compromising anything," Mr Shifman said.

"The issues raised weren't of any major significance. The development will be proceeding as previously planned."

The first stage of 45 lots, including the new display village, was completed in early 2019.

The developer has pre-sold four stages of lots, and there is no timeline yet on when stage four will be delivered.


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