Residents of McCauleys Estate have united to oppose construction of a three-storey block of nine units in Clyde Close.
Developer MMJ has bought two blocks (12-14) and has lodged plans with Wollongong Council for the block of flats.
Ellie Davy bought one of the last remaining blocks in the estate and says she had no idea there were plans for anything but family homes.
“This will be the only development of this kind in the whole estate,”she says. “It will tower over neighboring homes and will certainly devalue our properties.”
Buyers paid between $643,000 and $961,000 for a block of land in the estate.
Ellie says she also has concerns about traffic in the narrow street. “We imagined a quiet cul de sac where our kids could ride bikes in the street. This plan will see nine families living there instead of two. It will increase the number of cars, the cars parked in the street, and even the bins on the footpath. It’s not at all what we expected.”
Ellie, a paramedic, says it will also be a problem for emergency service vehicles,
The area is already clogged with parked cars from Thomas Gibson Park.
Plans are currently on display on the Council website until April 22.
A Wollongong Council spokesperson says ‘DA 2016-227 is currently under assessment. Residents around the proposed flat building have been notified. Public submissions should reach Council before Friday April 22.
“If Council receives more than five objections the matter will be referred to the independent Hearing and Assessment Panel for determination.”