Residents divided over metal facility
RESIDENTS remain divided over the Clarence Valley Council's decision to approve a recycled metal storage facility at Townsend.
The Clarence Valley Council conditionally approved the metal recycling storage unit, which includes the erection of a shed and office at Lot 2 Paperbark Drive, Townsend.
The council's environmental and planning services unit has stipulated a raft of conditions for the development to reduce the visual and noise impact on neighbours.
But some homeowners remain anxious the scrap metal business will depreciate property values.
Townsend resident Pauline Ryan and her husband Ray objected to the development on the grounds of unwanted noise and loss of amenity.
Following the council's approval of the metal storage facility this week, Mrs Ryan said she was still concerned about the resale value of her home.
"... We still don't approve it. We built the house (at Townsend) thinking that one day we'll have a nice little nest egg there, but this will make a difference to that," she said.
Gail Napier and her husband Robin own an investment property in the adjoining residential estate along Koala Drive. Mrs Napier believed that as long as developers abided by council's regulations the facility would have little effect.
"I think if the eyesore of it all is covered up and they stick to the guidelines, I really don't think there will be much of a problem," she said.
The council has ensured that no vehicles associated with the plant will have access via Koala Drive and that no processing of metal would be undertaken on site. The developer also has been required to provide a Colorbond fence alongside the 10metre vegetation buffer zone and to suitably landscape.