A ROSEBROOK farmer has defended his right to apply for a subdivision at his 28 hectare property.
Nanjing Night Net

While some nearby residents fear the application near Belfast Loch will lead to housing developments, farmer Paul Sheehan said the land would likely still be used as farming.

After 38 years on the Princes Highway property, Mr Sheehan is waiting for the Moyne Shire Council to approve his application to divide it into 14-hectare blocks.

“You can go down to 10 hectares so we’re doing nothing illegal,” he said.

“I’m 56-years-old and it’s my superannuation.

“It’ll still be used for hobby farms, for 25-head of cattle.

“It doesn’t have to be rezoned as housing.

“It’s not as if you’re going to get your garden mower out and mow it this weekend.

“Environmentally it will be better off because there’s less cattle involved than what there is now.”

However, nearby resident Heather Urquhart told The Standard she was concerned the subdivision would ruin the character of the landscape.

“Why does this have special classification and what’s to stop other farming land changing?” she said.

“This application is the test case and if it falls, all the area around the loch will be subdivided.

“The whole thing will become just a housing estate, which has happened in so many towns and just ruined them.”

A Moyne Shire spokesman said council officers were still working on the application.

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