Ballina Council has cleared the way for land known as Stewart Farm at Skennars Head to be developed and is hoping to put the car park (middle right) into the public’s hands.
Ballina Council has cleared the way for land known as Stewart Farm at Skennars Head to be developed and is hoping to put the car park (middle right) into the public’s hands.

New Lennox subdivision proposal runs into traffic issues

AN APPLICATION for a new 168-lot residential subdivision at Lennox Head has been lodged with Ballina Shire Council.

The $14 million proposal is for part of the Henderson Farm on The Coast Road, and the development would be called The Outlook.

In documents lodged with the council, the proposed lots would generally range in size from 600sq m to 900sq m, with some lots above 1200sq m.

Five parks and reserves will be maintained as part of the subdivision.

There are three cultural and environmental heritage items on Henderson Farm, which developers will retain.

These include two dry stone walls, believed to be constructed in the late 1800s by Edward Henderson, helped by Indian labourers, to mark the original property boundaries.

Iconic Norfolk Island pine trees will also be retained, along with a fig tree that was planted by Ted Henderson in 1947.

"The subdivision will ... deliver additional residential land to accommodate projected population growth and is therefore expected to deliver social and economic benefits," the report to council states.

However the developers are asking for deferred commencement approval, which would delay works until a western connection road was built by developers of the neighbouring Pacific Pines Estate.

Lots in The Outlook would not be released until that road was finished.

However the Royal Bank of Scotland, as the developer of Pacific Pines, has lodged a submission with the council, raising concerns about the traffic situation in the area.

"We submit that there are very real traffic issues associated with the approval of further residential lots in this location prior to there being absolute certainty regarding planned and/or proposed network updates," wrote one of the bank's directors, Mathew Morahan.

He also said the western road was not scheduled to be constructed until Stage 1B of Pacific Pines, the timing of which is still "unknown".

The development application for The Outlook subdivision is being assessed by the council.


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