Residents are worried that proposed new townhouses for Beechworth will ruin the heritage-focused appearance of the town.
Backlash has prompted Indigo Council to issue a statement, assuring the community no final decision had been made.
Beechworth Asylum Ghost Tours director Geoff Brown said the land between Tanswell Street and Albert Road could be seen at the entry into Beechworth from Bright and Myrtleford, so it should reflect heritage values.
“Do we want to lose the historic and beautiful aspect of Beechworth that makes it, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and striking towns I have ever seen in my life? Hell no,” he said.
“Do we want a cluster of Lego houses right by the CBD in the main entry route from the Alpine area? Hell no.”
Do we want a cluster of Lego houses right by the CBD? Hell no.Geoff Brown
Mr Brown said growth and development was necessary if done right, but affordable housing should be built in appropriate locations.
Beechworth resident Cathy Sandow agreed, saying the sub-division would change the town and she was worried about the safety of children due to extra traffic.
Indigo Council issued a statement saying the land was zoned residential, but assured residents their worries would be taken into account before a final decision.
“Council has not yet considered the application nor has it made any decision on it,” it stated.
“The process from here is that this permit application, after being advertised and any public submissions received, will come to council at some point for determination, at which time council will consider the application and all submissions.”
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