Fast move on hous­ing

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

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.

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