Residents concerned over subdivision's impact on privacy

IF PLANS to subdivide a lot on East St are approved by the Southern Downs Regional Council at its general meeting on Wednesday there will be six new units cropping up in the Rose City.

The applicant, John Kearney, plans to subdivide 288 East St into two lots.

Lot one will stay the way it is with the house that is already there.

The second lot, with a total area of 1616sq m, will become home to three duplexes.

Each unit will have two bedrooms, an ensuite, bathroom, meals area, kitchen, patio and a single garage.

However there will also be room next to each unit for extra cars or visitors to park.

Not all of the neighbours are happy about the development plans though, with the council receiving two objections to the proposal.

One neighbour said the new duplexes would have a negative impact on their privacy.

"All six units will be set 3m from my boundary, but with each unit's patio also backing onto my boundary," the neighbour wrote in their submission.

"It will impact my privacy and affect my surroundings and personal living and recreational space."

In order to fix the privacy issue one of the submitters asked the council to ensure there was a 2.1m Colorbond fence around the entire boundary.

Council officers said this was not a fair condition to put in place.

"The planning scheme requires a minimum 1.8m high solid fence be erected along the northern, southern and eastern boundaries of the site at the applicant's full cost," the senior planning officer wrote in the council report.

"A higher fence is not considered reasonable."

However the planning officer did suggest the council put in a condition requiring a screen fence to be put up around the boundaries.

"This will assist in reducing any potential noise pollution and ensure privacy," he wrote.

The council officers found the plans ticked all the right boxes and recommended councillors give it the all clear.

Councillors will meet in Stanthorpe on Wednesday to make their final decision.

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