The Aboriginal Housing Office has responded to complaints raised regarding a development application for 46 Lawford Crescent.
The application for two three-bedroom duplexes was met with widespread critique from residents of the street who said it didn't fit the character of the surrounding area, along with concerns about fire safety and parking space.
One letter submitted to Griffith City Council proposed the hypothetical of each house harbouring six cars and wondering where they would park. Another letter from a resident threatened to sell their property and 'move to another country town that will be more considerate to it's inhabitants.'
A letter from project manager Lee Jegou addressed some concerns and encouraged diversity in the design.
"When taking forward development plans, the AHO does, of course, strive to be a good neighbour ... the Griffith Residential Development Control Plan 2020 highlights that 'good design achieves a mix of dwelling sizes, providing housing choice for different demographics, lifestyles and household budget'.
A spokesperson from the Aboriginal Housing Office said that the need for affordable housing needed to stay as the number one priority and that the office would continue development.
"The vision and experience of the AHO is to ensure every Aboriginal person in NSW has equal access to and choice in affordable housing, with this planned construction another example of positive outcomes for Aboriginal people," they said.
The application has now been sent to the Western Regional Planning Panel for approval, taking the ultimate decision out of Griffith City Council's hands.
The spokesperson described it as an alternative pathway.
"As the development application has not been determined by Council within the prescribed period (70 days) the AHO is using an alternative pathway to ensure that vulnerable Aboriginal families receive the housing they deserve."
They added "The AHO anticipates a positive decision from the panel in the coming weeks."
A spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment said "The Western Regional Planning Panel is expected to consider the matter within the next month."
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