Whitebridge Community Alliance presents petition against housing development

A PETITION against a controversial housing development at Whitebridge has been presented to Lake Macquarie council with more than 1000 signatures.

Last year, Simhill Living bought a 23,000-square-metre block of land at Whitebridge.

The developer submitted an application to the council for an 87-lot housing development, where it was voted down 8 to 2.

Opposed to the development's size, the newly-formed Whitebridge Community Alliance collected about 1300 signatures online and in writing.

The petition was presented to the council's general manager last Wednesday and will be submitted to the NSW Joint Regional Planning Panel in April along with a council report and public submissions.

The Whitebridge Community Alliance has attracted more than 750 fans on its Facebook page since it was established in November.

Alliance organiser Phillipa Parsons said the group had given the community a voice.

"It's a great example of grassroots action within the community," Mrs Parsons said.

"We are a key stakeholder and deserve to be consulted properly."

Mrs Parsons said she believed the development could become a community asset if it was modified to reflect the Whitebridge area's surrounding infrastructure.

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