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Local’s push for community hub

A PARCEL of land on the corner of Pass Road and Cambridge Road in Mornington has received community support and Council approval to be rezoned for development of new dwellings and an open space.

Owner and developer of the site Matt Brown, pictured, said it was about four hectares and could fit 78 new dwellings.

“We’ve owned the site for eight years and tried numerous times to get it rezoned – we recently submitted a formal application to Clarence City Council for it to be rezoned,” he said.

“The thing that is unique about this site is that it is boarding the existing residential, so on one side of the fence you’ve got residential houses at normal density and on the other side there is one house on a two-hectare block.”

Mr Brown said the proposed development would benefit the entire community with a mixture of blocks for single family homes, some unit sites and public spaces.

“There’s good road access and it’s nice and close to the city, with a bus stop right out the front so it ticks all boxes” he said.

“There’s been strong support from the community because there’s no local shop here, which is something that we would like to incorporate in our development.

“Having somewhere close by where people can do their shopping, come and meet as a community hub, sit down and have a coffee in a café while their kids play in the park is going to add value to the whole community.”

Mr Brown said there was currently no land available in Mornington for people looking to build a new home.

“The land is fully serviceable, so it’s not like we have to build or upgrade the access road to it and we don’t really have to upgrade stormwater or sewage services – it’s all there at a capacity to do this development,” he said.

“People who live in Mornington love living here, they love the amenity the area gives, they’ve got friends and family that want to live here, but there’s no opportunity to buy a block of land or build.

“At the moment with the economy and everything that’s happened with COVID, the opportunity to spend money and employ people building these homes is something the local community needs.”

Local Simon Walker has been leading the community charge with a Facebook Page, and Mr Brown said there had been strong support for the proposal from a number of Clarence Alderman.