Plans for a mixed-use development comprising of 49 residential units in Werrington County that were halted years ago may be on the cards again.
A development application (DA) has been resubmitted with modifications, but residents say they’ll rise up and fight against the development once more.
The land, which was formerly owned by the Henry Sports Club, was sold in 2015 to Universal Property Group, which lodged an application in 2016.
After a court battle and ultimate approval in 2018, Universal Property Group then sold the land last year. Zhinar Architects has now lodged an amended application on behalf of new owners.
A Penrith Council spokesperson said the DA was approved through a NSW Land and Environment Court Determination before the applicant change.
Exhibition of the modified DA commenced last Friday for two weeks.
Resident Sue McNally claims the plans will ruin the “simplicity” of the suburb.
“I actually moved here from the eastern suburbs 40 years ago to get away from high rise buildings, overcrowding and lack of privacy, not to mention my concerns about the extra stress these sorts of places will put on an already overburdened Dunheved Road,” she said.
“If we were desperate for accommodation in this area, I could maybe accept it but if you look at all the vacant rentals in the Penrith LGA already you can tell someone is just out to make some money.”
Zhinar Senior Architect, Philip Ng, could not disclose the name of the new owners to the Weekender but said they do not believe the application will create any new neighbouring issues.
“There was an original architect on the first DA which was approved by the court decision back in March 2018 and those neighbouring issues were resolved at that time. We are a new architect appointed by a new owner of the land, but the recent modification proposal applied to Council is a minor change of technical aspects for the building’s internal layouts only,” he said.
Residents can make a submission with their views before February 14 via the DA Tracker by visiting www.bit.ly/3bfmYNA.
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Emily covers community news and entertainment for the Western Weekender.