Park homes for seniors back in play at Citygate

PLANS to build more than 100 homes for seniors at Lavington’s Citygate Holiday Park are back on track.

Park owner, Ingenia Communities Group, has asked Albury Council to modify a development application that was approved by the Albury-Wod- onga Development Corporation 35 years ago.

The owners said a year ago they intended to spend $15 million to build 150 seniors homes at the park on Wagga Road, formerly known as Trek 31.

The plan hit a snag because Ingenia didn’t have council approval.

The modified development application proposes 60 manufactured homes on the site in stage 1, before that is doubled to 120.

The site would continue to operate as a caravan park.

The council’s planning and development director Michael Keys said there had been some confusion about what was allowed under the development consent issued in 1979 and zoning for the site the council adopted in 2010.

“Discussion between the council and the applicant has identified opportunities for redevelopment, including an increase in the number of permanent dwellings,” he said.

“The application to modify the original consent is stage 1 of this process and any further increase in permanent dwellings would be subject to a separate development application.”

The modified application outlines plans for a revised park layout involving moving existing homes to the eastern side of the park where 60 long-term sites will be developed.

Changes to the road layout to allow better service and provide clearly separate various site types are also proposed, along with a new road network in the long-term sites area.

The modifications allow for 163 sites — 20 camping spots, 83 short-term locations and 60 permanent sites — less than the 193 sites approved by the corporation in 1979.

“The modification is sought to rationalise and improve the layout and utilisation of the tourist park for enhanced functionality,” the application states.

“It involves the relocation of sites to more suitable locations from the centre of the site near the community buildings which is better suited to open space.”