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Planning panel urged to reject subdivision bid in Glen Alpine

Glen Alpine property in Figtree Crescent is now in the hands of the Local Planning Panel.

Subdivision bid: The fate of the Glen Alpine property in Figtree Crescent is now in the hands of the Local Planning Panel.

The Campbelltown Local Planning Panel has been urged by Glen Alpine residents to once again reject controversial plans to subdivide a single property into three.

The panel – which meets in the council chamber on the third floor – has just ended public discussion on the application and is now trying to make a determination in private.

Mr Peter Scott, who told the panel he was speaking on behalf of all Glen Alpine residents opposed to the development application, said approval would create a precedent and forever change the nature of the prestige suburb.

“This may look like a different application but the effect on Glen Alpine will be the same,’’ Mr Scott said.

“The people of Glen Alpine are passionately opposed to this attempt to change the character of the suburb.

The elected councillors rejected the original plan in July last year, which sought permission to demolish the current home and build four separate dwellings in its place.

They expressed concerns approval may open the flood gates to similar development applications in Glen Alpine.

Since then planning powers have been transferred from councillors to appointed planning experts.

The new application for 8 Figtree Crescent, Glen Alpine seeks demolition of existing structures, removal of all trees and subdivision into three lots.

The application does not seek approval for the construction of new homes on the site.

“It is still the case of allowing three dwellings to replace one,’’ Mr Scott said.

A report to the panel described the application as a “Contentious Development – the application has received more than 10 unique objections.’’

The report says council officers recommend approval of the development application.

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