A giant 197-dwelling complex will be built on a former quarry
site in Ferntree Gully if a $50 million plan by Chinese developers
The huge housing estate is being planned for the old quarry at
the end of McMahons Rd, off Burwood Highway, opposite
The 9.2ha site was bought by Hong Se International of China for
more than $30 million in late 2016.
Its application to spend $50 million constructing 197 properties
represents the biggest residential development in Ferntree Gully
The complex would include 132 double storey townhouses and 65
single storey townhouses.
There would be 118 three-bedrooms properties, 71 four-bedroom
properties and eight five-bedroom properties, according to the
The site was owned by Robertson Industries for more than 35
years, and is surrounded by houses with views to the Dandenong
Knox Council said the site was zoned earth and energy resources
industrial use and would need to be rezoned before the land could
be subdivided for housing.
Ferntree Gully state Liberal MP Nick Wakeling said he was
concerned about traffic at the corner of Burwood Highway and
McMahons Rd/Clyde St.
He said that needed to be addressed if there were to be so many
more houses built in the area.
The traffic on McMahons Rd is bad enough already, he said.
Youve got potentially 400 plus additional car movements along
The councils acting city development director, Paul Dickie, said
there were many issues to consider in such a big application,
including traffic, drainage, vegetation and biodiversity protection
and waste collection.
All issues are considered important when assessed by the council
and the relevant departments, he said.
The councils vision for the site, outlined in a 2015 strategy
document, said the northern portion of the land was a site of
biological significance and should be protected, with residential
use suitable for the remainder of the site.
The application was lodged by consulting firm Urbis Pty Ltd on
Mr Dickie said people would get the chance to have their say on
the plans at the exhibition stage of the application, however he
said that was expected to be several months away.
He said the planning scheme amendment process could take between
12 and 18 months and would include regular reports to the council
along the way.