Developer planning Figtree subdivision

Vacant farmland neighbouring Figtree's Redgum Ridge Estate has been earmarked for a 46-lot subdivision.North Sydney developer RW Sheargold has lodged an application with Wollongong City Council to create a low-density residential estate on the hillside acreage bordering Wollongong Church of Christ and the Warrigal Care retirement village.The 4.5ha plot, referred to as the "Bennis land" in the application, would be carved into 46 blocks ranging from 488sqm to 1877sqm.The application calls for approval for the removal of 53 trees, including a Moreton Bay fig, layout of allotments and construction of the main roadway, landscaping, stormwater and utilities services for the site.RW Sheargold project manager Michael Sheargold said his company had a long resume of completed projects in the Illawarra."The aim of this estate is to provide quality subdivision for more housing stock in the region," he said.Prices for individual blocks have not been set.Access for cars from all but four of the estate's lots would be via a new loop road off George Fuller Dr, alleviating initial concerns from nearby residents that O'Briens Lane would have to shoulder the brunt of the traffic flow in and out of the estate.The remaining four lots would use pedestrian, cycleway and emergency vehicle access onto O'Briens Lane.The application also addressed concerns that the gradient of the main road might be too steep.A bollard would be put opposite the intersection of the new road and George Fuller Dr to protect an Integral Energy substation.

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