Village push ‘classic overdevelopment’: Environment council
The Environment Council has called for the scale of a proposed retirement village on the fringes of Nambour to be revisited, describing it as excessive and unsuitable for the area.
Community liaison Narelle McCarthy said the 275-home village at 3-53 Savilles Rd at Highworth was "a classic case of an inappropriate development" for the region.
However, Highgate Developments' Andrew Pitcher who is behind the proposal said the company had engaged environmental consultants and informed the community but was yet to hear from the environment council.
"We have engaged qualified environmental consultants to advise us on the flora and fauna in the area," he said.
"We have conducted media interviews … and published details of the project on our Facebook page over the last several months.
"We are always happy to discuss our projects."
The development application was lodged with the Sunshine Coast Council in early November.
The $70 million proposal did not have to be advertised to the public as it complied with the local planning provisions.
Ms McCarthy said this meant the community was sidelined.
"The community does not have a say," she said. "This means that it's been pushed ahead, it appears to be, given the development plans, an overdevelopment of the site."
Ms McCarthy said area was an important habitat and wildlife corridor and the increasing number of developments going across the Coast were ecologically unsustainable.
She said the undulating land needed a significant "cut and fill" to cater for the development, calling for more consideration of the topography of the land.
"(They need to) revisiting the development proposal and come up with something that's much more sympathetic to the environment and the amenity," she said.
Mr Pitcher referred the Daily to its development application for further details of the allowable clearing and the proposed revegetation.
The ecological report submitted to council said exotic grass cover containing scattered individual eucalypt species dominated the area.
The site also included several restricted invasive plant species including lantana, camphor laurel, Brazilian cherry and Chinese elm.
According to the report tendered, proposed rehabilitation works would improve the ecological function of the existing waterways.
A specific fauna survey of the site was not undertaken as part of the scope of the works.
But the report said no conservation significant fauna species were found during the site investigation.