Fast move on housing
A SLICE of the controversial Three Kings Quarry has been given the green light as a special housing area (SHA) to be fast-tracked for development.
But what will this mean for neighbours and nearby businesses?
The 1.2 hectare SHA is part of the former Three Kings Quarry that is being developed by Fletcher Residential Ltd.
The section will include a total of 78 apartments and terrace houses, between one to three bedrooms each.
It is expected to provide housing for approximately 220 people.
President of the neighbourhood group Three Kings United Garry Bryant, says the move is a ‘‘slap in the face for the local community’’.
‘‘We have tried for the past 25 years to discuss amicably and openly an end use for the quarry,’’ he says.
‘‘The community has been completely shut out of the SHA decision, which has left us no option but to question the whole process.’’
He says answers need to be given on community concerns such as traffic congestion, extra schools and better accessways to the cone.
Several businesses have already relocated and those buildings are being demolished. However, Henry Gough, who runs the Eiffel En Eden cafe, is stoically refusing to go.
He sub-leases the cafe building from the owners of the neighbouring Bed Factory store.
When Fletchers offered to buy them out of the lease, Gough said no - meaning both businesses are staying put until the lease runs out in late December.
‘‘This business isn’t just about income for us, it is a partnership with people,’’ he says.
‘‘The customers are incredibly loyal.
‘‘I would rather keep my staff and customers happy and stay here, than take the easy path and grab the cash and run.’’
Gough has looked for a new site, but says in this market it is proving impossible.
‘‘We need reasonable rent, lots of parking and within three kilometres of here.
‘‘We don’t want to leave our customers.
Controversial development: A section of the Three Kings Quarry site has been approved as a special housing area, which will see the development fast-tracked.