Opposition to Raymond Terrace housing development

NEIGHBOURS: Kevin Nixon and Keith Ingham with residents protesting the development. Picture: Stephen WarkRAYMOND Terrace residents from Glenelg Street have joined forces to fight an $800,000 affordable housing development.

The plans for 14 multi-dwelling homes at 40 Glenelg Street were lodged with Port Stephens Council in July.

The development application (DA) shows a two-storey complex split into 14 apartments with balconies and a seven-space car park.

Construction would require demolition of the current house which has heritage value, according to residents Kevin Nixon and Keith Ingham.

“It is an old heritage building and by law any development on that site should have to be built to heritage standards,” Mr Nixon said.

“But looking at the plans this development is clearly not in keeping with the heritage look.”

Mr Ingham lives next door to the proposed development and recently completed renovations to his own home.

“I had to change the colour of my bricks, I had to have double-hung windows and I had to be in keeping with all of the heritage rules,” he said.

Mr Ingham is set to lose privacy on his block with the two-storey building overlooking his property.

Both men said residents are not against development in the area but want it done properly.

“We are not against low income housing, we are just against this sort of butter-box development,” Mr Nixon said.

The residents group has lodged several submissions against the development asking for a better design. They want a style in keeping with the heritage look.

They also want changes including an elevator being installed in the apartment block, following concerns that many elderly people will not be able to use the stairs proposed on the plans.

The DA is being assessed by Port Stephens Council.

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