Council puts proposed lifestyle village on hold

AN investment of $20 million has stalled as council mulls over plans for the proposed lifestyle village between Wood and O'Leary streets.

At the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) Planning and Environment Committee meeting on Wednesday, it was recommended the Green Trees Warwick lifestyle village application be deferred.

The committee meeting minutes cited the deferral was due to “issues of salinity and indicated that as the site may be affected by salinity, there should be further investigation and reporting as to the risk to lower slopes and watercourses arising from development related excavation, landfill and erosion”.

It was proposed the development would bring millions into the local economy as it would use local labour and infrastructure to build the 75 free-standing homes.

Harcourts Rural sales consultant Yve Stocks remained positive yesterday and said the Green Trees development would have a constructive impact for the community.

“It is a lifestyle village for people over 55,” Ms Stocks said.

“We've had at least 10 enquiries but we can't do anything until we get approval. The village plans have been in the pipeline for about one year.”

Ms Stocks was excited about the development as it would be an upmarket but affordable choice for elderly home owners.

“Not really elderly as Max and I could live there,” Ms Stocks joked.

“The cottages are ultra-modern, would have brand-new kitchens and their own gardens.”

Residents in the area have voiced concerns about an increase in traffic flow due to the influx of people the development would bring to the area.

Ms Stocks dispelled these claims and said the development was situated close to the Warwick CBD.

“Rose City (Shoppingworld) is within walking distance and there is a bus stop at the front (of the proposed development),” she said.

“In any case, the cottages would be built in stages, not all at once.”

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