Residents plea for developer to listen to concerns over hotel plan

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An artist’s impression of the original proposal for a hotel development on Rosny Hill.

A GROUP of Clarence residents concerned about a multimillion-dollar hotel development for Rosny Hill hopes the proponent listens to community views before a development application is resubmitted to Council.

Hunter Developments, the proponent behind the Rosny Hill development, is on Tuesday holdng public information sessions for residents to study a development application before it is lodged with the Clarence City Council in the coming weeks.

Hunter Developments last year met with the council to discuss landowner consent, which was required before an application could be deemed valid.

But the proponent pulled the pin in September after concerns were raised about whether the planned five-star, 100-room development was consistent with the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act and said it would reapply once the council was out of caretaker mode.

The Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area is reserved land under the Nature Conservation Act but the Clarence City Council is the managing authority for the area.

Rosny Hill Friends Network convener Peter Edwards said he was not against development at the site, but said Rosny Hill was the wrong place for a large-scale hotel development.

“The network has always supported a low-impact, low-profile development for the reserve,” he said.

“We consider Hunter Developments’ previous proposal as inappropriate for a small hill in suburbia in terms of huge scale and broad traffic impacts.”

Rosny Hill friends network and supporters, from left, Beth Rees, Peter Edwards, Carole Edwards, Councillor Tony Mulder, Margaret Scott and Jan Counsell. Picture: RICHARD JUPE

Architect and Hunter Developments director Robert Morris-Nunn on Friday would not reveal any details about what was included in the company’s latest design.

He said last year a resubmitted application would not have any changes to its original design.

“We are just following a process to inform the community. This is about talking to people who have queries,” he said. “Some of the information session will be about briefing, some will be about information gathering.”

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said he expected the proponent’s resubmitted application to be of a smaller-scale.

“Clearly it has to be smaller than last time,” he said.

“Previously it proved to be too big and I’m looking forward to seeing what the proposal is now.

“It’s really important this project goes ahead, not just for the economy but for future maintenance of the hill.”

Development public information sessions will be held from 11am-2pm and 5-7pm on Tuesday at Rosny Library.

Rosny Hill Friends Network will present an alternative proposal to Clarence Council on Monday which Mr Edwards said was a “low-impact, low-profile design”.

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