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Super Lot 5, corner of Snapper and Montwood Drives, Lennox Head. Photo David Lowe.

Residents of Lennox Head living near the large, muddy site at the junction of Montwood Drive and Snapper Drive say they have been left in the dark about what’s planned for their immediate neighbourhood. Ballina councillors seem to have also been out of the loop, with a change of use application for Super Lot 5 now with the state government.

Once the fertile centre of a farm, the big fenced-off area became the HQ for construction while the surrounding EPIQ development was being built. Since then, the land at the bottom of the valley has seen large amounts of earthwork, but there is no signage about what is planned.

There has been no community consultation about the site since 2018.

Wetland downstream of Super Lot 5, Epiq estate, Lennox Head. Photo David Lowe.

Environmental impact

Super Lot 5 contains acid sulphate soils, and adjoins an endangered ecological community containing a large number of native frogs, birds and other wildlife.

The area is also directly upstream of a wetland, which goes on to drain into North Creek.

The Montwood/Snapper site had initially been earmarked for a residential aged care facility, but documents lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment show Clarence Property are now in the advanced stages of planning a higher density ‘integrated housing’ development on the site, with internal roads and two storey buildings.

Proposed residential development and internal roads at Super Lot 5, Lennox Head.

The submission period for public comment has already expired, after a short exhibition window (from 8 to 21 July 2022) earlier this month.

The associated documents can still be viewed here.

Council

Ballina Council’s role in recent years has been limited to approving an earthworks stockpile on the land of excavated material from the EPIQ estate. That happened just before Christmas in 2020.

Dam in corner of Super Lot 5, Montwood Drive, Lennox Head. Photo David Lowe.

Council staff have recently been given extra time to make a response to the DA modification in regard to environmental concerns, including a dam which has been built on the corner of the site (and has been overflowing recently).

It’s unclear whether this dam is also the source of the water which has been spilling out of the site across the footpath and on to the road every time it rains.

According to residents, this large development will further add to the traffic and other challenges of the area, which is experiencing significant growing pains as multiple residential subdivisions advance.

Proposed buildings from Montwood Drive side, Super Lot 5.

At the time of publication, Clarence Property have not responded to requests from The Echo for more information about what is planned for the Montwood/Snapper Drive site.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Nothing should be built on that site that isn’t suitable for a swamp. Council would be far better off handing it over for a bigger community garden.

  2. It was never a residential aged care facility, to my knowledge. It was planned as Seniors Housing. A sneaky back door for high density development over ruling Council Planning Controls introduced by NSW Government about 20 years ago. (Remember the five story proposal on Condons Hill.)
    That said. If Lennox is going to have affordable housing It can’t all be Macmansions on million dollar lots. There’s got to be somewhere for the cappuccino and kale smoothly maker’s to live. No easy answers for Lennox City.

  3. You’ll learn the planet can’t take much more of money makers and blind government action. Then they’ll cry out to God to save us all and it will be too late. The developers may think people are stupid but karma is a real nasty reality.

  4. Clarence property’s are infiltrating our area, buying up any piece of land available even if it is a nature reserve. They will destroy our shire, they also have projects in Brunswick Heads and other towns. I’ve heard along the grapevine that this company is in kahoots with Simon Richardson and Michael liar, definitely some shady deals going on at the moment.

  5. The Answer; WHATEVER THE BLOODY HELL THEY LIKE. Sadly people have been taken out of community, its now a place for developers to make money at the expense of amenity and the biosphere.

  6. I suppose your house had no impact on amenity and the biosphere though, and no plants or animals were disturbed when it was built?

  7. Development – “the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger etc”. Our community desperately needs more development because our young people have little opportunities. Our best and brightest will inevitably leave as soon as they get the chance

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