Fears over plan to build 730 homes in Heidelberg West

FEARS of overcrowding and stretched police and school resources are growing over a massive Heidelberg West housing project that will see 154 state houses bulldozed and replaced by a whopping 730 homes.

The State Government plans to bulldoze all the run-down state houses in the estates of Tarakan and Bell/Bardia and sell the land to a private developer to build 560 private and 170 public houses instead.

But former Liberal candidate for Banyule David Mulholland told Banyule Council this was a recipe for disaster.

“Schools there are all stretched to their limits, the police services are basically non-existent in the area.

“Things like planning, traffic, parking and sewerage haven’t been looked at in these sites.”

Leader News has previously reported the old Heidelberg West police station is still standing empty and has become a magnet for vandals in an area where the latest statistics show crime is up 26.2 per cent, more than double the state average of 11.6 per cent.

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