Emmie Dowling Eastern Courier
THE character and charm of a Black Forest street will be ruined under a plan allowing multi-storey developments on smaller blocks, residents say. Dryden Rd residents have called on Unley Council and the State Government to preserve their street of mostly one-storey 1920s and '30s bungalows.
The calls came after the government last year insisted on higher-density housing in parts of Unley as part of its 30-year plan.
he council, forced to adhere to the plan, earmarked Dryden Rd for three-storey housing and a reduced minimum property size of 230sq m, down from 350sq m, as it was close to Emerson railway station. But Dryden Rd resident Rachel Merritt wanted a similar deal to that of nearby Cowper Rd which had a two-storey Rachel building cap and Merritt a minimum property size of 800sq m.
"No one wants to go outside and be looked down on from someone in a three-storey building," Ms Merritt said. "It'll devalue our houses, ruin our privacy and we'll end up being boxed in and overshadowed." Long-time resident Katherine Kemper would move if a three-storey house was built next to her."It'll cut out the light and we'd be hemmed in, stuck in the middle, if we had two three-storey houses next to us," Mrs Kemper said.
Councillors Jennie Boisvert and Don Palmer have been urging residents to lodge complaints against the changes with the council.
Cr Boisvert said there were similar issues on Emerson Rd, Dunrobin St, Aroha Tce and Hartland, Laught, David, Busby and Eglington avenues in Black Forest, as well as several streets in Myrtle Bank.
The State Government refused to provide a person to respond to questions from the Eastern Courier Messenger. In a statement, it said it was up to the council to come up with a solution.
The council would then put forward a report to the Planning Minister.
A public meeting on the changes will be held at Unley Civic Centre, on Monday, June 16, from 7pm.