Mount Colah resists huge new housing estate

    Dividing nearly five hectares of bushland into 51 lots in what is said to be the largest single bushland development in Hornsby Shire for decades, has sparked hundreds of Mount Colah residents to band together to fight the plan.

    They have a long list of reasons 23 Chestnut Road Mount Colah shouldn’t go-ahead, and have until April 1 to submit these objections to Hornsby Council.

    These include possible pollution from the old tip which is – now Mt Colah Oval – into the backyards of the proposed houses on the site, that it’s in a very high fire zone surrounded by bushland, and an increase in traffic both within the development and with access to the Pacific Highway which is already subject to regular accidents.

    Stormwater and flooding concerns for future residents, and environmental issues including the threat to protected species on the environmentally sensitive 4.53ha site are also of great concerns to locals bordering the site.

    Resident of 25 years Carolyn Stanley from the Mount Colah Residents Action Group, organised an information meeting in February which attracted 80 concerned locals.

    “We have so many concerns regarding the development,” she said. “These include the current roads infrastructure not coping with 51 new houses or over 100 residents, excessive development within a bushfire prone area, redirecting the course of Gleeson Creek, locating power lines under the new houses, reducing easements from 60m to 15m and removal of many trees and loss of threatened species.”

    The development borders Berowra Valley Bushland Park, protected under NSW legislation for its environmental significance. The significance of the 51 lots is the same as that of the protected park.

    She said the DA also proposed redirecting stormwater drains which would cause flooding, and shoehorning houses onto 500sq m lots with 2m separating each one, when the average lot in the area is between 750m and 900m.

    The Mount Colah Residents Action Group is holding another community information meeting at the  development site at 23 Chestnut Road, on Sunday March 26 at 2pm. The applicant was unable to be contacted for comment.

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