Chinese developers plan huge townhouse complex on former Ferntree Gully quarry site

A giant 197-dwelling complex will be built on a former quarry site in Ferntree Gully if a $50 million plan by Chinese developers goes ahead.

The huge housing estate is being planned for the old quarry at the end of McMahons Rd, off Burwood Highway, opposite McDonald’s.

The 9.2ha site was bought by Hong Se International of China for more than $30 million in late 2016.

Its application to spend $50 million constructing 197 properties represents the biggest residential development in Ferntree Gully for years.

The complex would include 132 double storey townhouses and 65 single storey townhouses.

There would be 118 three-bedrooms properties, 71 four-bedroom properties and eight five-bedroom properties, according to the application.

The site was owned by Robertson Industries for more than 35 years, and is surrounded by houses with views to the Dandenong Ranges.

Knox Council said the site was zoned “earth and energy resources industrial use” and would need to be rezoned before the land could be subdivided for housing.

Ferntree Gully state Liberal MP Nick Wakeling said he was concerned about traffic at the corner of Burwood Highway and McMahons Rd/Clyde St.

He said that needed to be addressed if there were to be so many more houses built in the area.

“The traffic on McMahons Rd is bad enough already,” he said.

“You’ve got potentially 400 plus additional car movements along that road.”

The council’s acting city development director, Paul Dickie, said there were many issues to consider in such a big application, including traffic, drainage, vegetation and biodiversity protection and waste collection.

“All issues are considered important when assessed by the council and the relevant departments,” he said.

The council’s vision for the site, outlined in a 2015 strategy document, said the northern portion of the land was a site of biological significance and should be protected, with residential use suitable for the remainder of the site.

The application was lodged by consulting firm Urbis Pty Ltd on April 23.

Mr Dickie said people would get the chance to have their say on the plans at the ‘exhibition stage’ of the application, however he said that was expected to be several months away.

He said the planning scheme amendment process could take between 12 and 18 months and would include regular reports to the council along the way.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/huge-townhouse-development-proposed-for-former-ferntree-gully-quarry/news-story/dba3f65eee8e8a7d03651c539622bea1

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