BATHURST’S east continues to dominate the city’s growth with almost 400 new housing lots planned around Limekilns Road.
Already, 275 lots have been approved for development by Bathurst Regional Council at the former Sunbright Orchard site, between Limekilns Road and Marsden Lane.
In a separate development application (DA) before council, a further 106 housing lots are under consideration at 240 Limekilns Road.
The combined total of 381 land lots off Limekilns Road are in addition to the approved 180 residential lots at Windradyne/West Bathurst that expected to be ready for sale by mid to late 2018
Eodo Pty Ltd submitted the DA for the subdivision at 240 Limekilns Road and the project will include the construction of a number of new roads.
Lots sizes will vary – the smallest will be 567.8 square metres, the largest block is 1446 square metres.
The DA’s Statement of Environment Effects report shows the land is on the southern side of Limekilns Road and the nearest cross streets are McBrien Drive and Marsden Lane.
“This site is currently used as grazing land. It has an area of approximately 9.96 hectares and is regular in shape,” the report said.
“The site is clear and vacant with no buildings or improvements other than farm boundary fencing.”
The DA shows that despite a proposed road widening along the Limekilns Road frontage of the lots, the existing row of claret ash trees will be retained.
The site is approximately five kilometres east of the Bathurst central business district and two kilometres north of the Great Western Highway.
Bathurst Community Climate Action Network president Tracy Sorensen said nearby residents had concerns about the already-approved subdivision at the former Sunbright Orchard site.
She said the land still boasts grand avenues of pine trees that were planted as windbreaks.
“Residents of the area fear that these pines may be removed as the old orchard site is transformed into a new housing site,” she said. “The residents say that the trees provide a habitat for a flock of black cockatoos.”
Ms Sorensen said residents were happy for trees that have been declared old or dangerous to be removed, but, they have urged “council to work around the trees rather than clear-fell the site and start from scratch”.