A NEW 48-lot subdivision will be developed on vacant land at Llanarth under plans currently before Bathurst Regional Council.
The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst has submitted a development application to create the new lots and internal roads on around four hectares of land off the end of Westbourne Drive.
The proposed lots will be developed in two stages, according to a Statement of Environmental Effects (SoEE) prepared by town planner Anthony Daintith.
The land is currently used for open grazing and the development would see around 200 new residents move into the growing Llanarth area west of the Bathurst city.
The proposal includes an extension of Westbourne Drive during Stage 2 of the development along with the construction of a new ring road and internal road within the subdivision.
The proposed lots range in size from 552 square metres to 917 square metres. The minimum lot size allowed under council’s Development Control Plan is 550 square metres.
“The proposal is considered compatible with the surrounding area and will have minimal impact in regards to impacts on adjacent properties and land uses; and interruptions of important views and vistas,” the SoEE states.
“The proposal is within the context of the locality and council's current planning provisions.”
The statement of effects says construction works for the subdivision would be carried out during regular business hours to minimise the impact on neighbours and there are no known heritage items or threatened species on the land.
It says there appears to be minimal chance that the land has previously been contaminated and it is unlikely there will be need for any remediation of the site prior to the start of construction.
“Based upon the investigations of the proposal it can be concluded that the impacts upon or by surrounding development will not be altered significantly as a result of the subdivision proceeding; the topography of the site can accommodate the proposal; there will be additional traffic generated [this can be accommodated by the existing road network]; upgrading to utilities and services will be required to enable connection to each allotment …; and the proposal is generally consistent with the objectives and provisions of Councils relevant planning documents,” the SoEE concludes.