How was this not picked up ear­lier?

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A HOUS­ING es­tate with only one road entrance that is sus­cep­ti­ble to flood­ing seems hardly an invit­ing fea­ture when choos­ing a new home.

But a quick tour around Rain­for­est Sanc­tu­ary Dr shows a com­mu­nity of house-proud res­i­dents, a large por­tion of whom ap­par­ently don’t want that to change.

The first cou­ple I met yes­ter­day as­sured me a new road join­ing into the es­tate would have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on their life­style.

They feared it would in­vite a wave of through-traf­fic us­ing their sleepy hol­low as a short­cut.

The threat of be­ing trapped in or out by floods didn’t phase them as there was a foot­path on higher ground that could be ac­cessed through to con­nect­ing roads.

They also said the entrance had only been cut three times in their decade in the street.

But the next per­son I met, a res­i­dent who was car­ry­ing his gro­ceries home, had a com­pletely dif­fer­ent opin­ion.

He said the in­abil­ity to get emer­gency ser­vices into the es­tate dur­ing flood­ing was a ma­jor con­cern.

The pos­si­bil­ity of a new road in ap­pealed to him greatly.

He was frus­trated by calls to re­move the po­ten­tial for a new road from the town plan.

My ex­pe­ri­ence was only brief in the neigh­bour­hood but the con­trast­ing opin­ions showed rea­son­able ar­gu­ments on both sides.

Their sit­u­a­tion raised an over­whelm­ing con­cern.

How could a de­vel­op­ment of its scale go ahead with such a fun­da­men­tal flaw?

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