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Council opposes high-density development proposal

Mayor for Cumberland, Steve Christou has criticised a planning proposal, which could see up to 1,200 apartments constructed up to 28 storeys in Sydney’s west.
26 Nov 2019 - Development
Councillor and Mayor, Steve Christou, at the proposed high-density development site
Councillor and Mayor, Steve Christou, at the proposed high-density development site

Mayor for Cumberland, Steve Christou has criticised a planning proposal, which could see up to 1,200 apartments constructed up to 28 storeys in Sydney’s west.

The site for future development, located at 1 Crescent Street, Holroyd, is zoned for industrial use only. In 2016, the applicant bypassed Council and sought a review of the planning proposal under State planning laws through the Regional Planning Panel.

The planning proposal for a mixed-use development on the site was supported by the Regional Planning Panel and a Gateway Determination was issued by the State Government in July this year.

Mayor Christou said he was disappointed by the Panel’s decision to progress the planning proposal to the next stage of the rezoning process.

“This planning proposal is going to create high density development in the wrong location,” Mayor Christou said.

“It’s the sort of development you may consider if it was next to a train station or major transport hub, but it’s slated for a site that was industrial and is sitting next to a major motorway. It’s not smart planning and that’s why Council would never support it.

“We are at a loss to understand why the State Government would support the planning proposal to rezone this site and open the door to high density residential development in this area.

“It’s a development that is actually at odds with the State Government’s own plan to regenerate the Parramatta Road Corridor - unless their idea of regeneration is a 1200-apartment project.

“The residents of Holroyd now need to prepare themselves for a massive development going up in the neighbourhood and their existing infrastructure will need to service a much larger population.”

The planning proposal is required to undergo community consultation before the rezoning is finalised by the State Government. Should the rezoning proceed, development applications would then be lodged for the mixed use project.