GALLERY: Opposition builds to Kellyville high-rise plan

ABOUT 130 protesters gathered at Elizabeth McArthur Park on Saturday to reaffirm their opposition to Kellyville's controversial Samantha Riley Drive high-rise development.

"We must have letter-dropped 2000 homes, but we did reach some new people," said Clair McEntee, creator of Stop the Kellyville Highrise Facebook page.

She was also encouraged by the number of people — nearly 100 — who wrote submissions for the meeting's organisers, the Samantha Riley Residents Action Group, to present to The Hills Council.

PICTURE GALLERY: Click here for pictures from the protest.

The group has long held reservations over the mixed-use proposal for 301 Samantha Riley Drive.

They still say the 18-storey apartment building is oversized for a suburban setting and is an eyesore that will reduce privacy because it will overshadow existing homes, will potentially destroy the "community fabric" and will cause major traffic congestion from development residents parking in narrow streets.

"We would like business," Ms McEntee, a founding member of the group, said.

"The closest supermarkets are at Stanhope [Gardens] and Rouse Hill — but we'd be happier if it would be lower."

The planning proposal was placed back on public exhibition in January and tentatively scheduled for consideration by the council at its March 18 extraordinary meeting, only to be postponed to a date yet to be decided.

After council consideration, the proposal will proceed to the Joint Regional Planning Panel, which decides on developments over $10 million.

This development, to be built opposite the future Kellyville railway station, consists of seven buildings and would yield 292 fewer jobs after office floor space was removed from the plan; about 50 jobs on-site.

At a press conference this year, the council's group manager strategic planning, Michael Edgar, said the council wanted to ensure the community understood the buildings within the development were not all 18 storeys.

Only one is. It fronts Samantha Riley Drive.

SUMMARY

■ 18-storey tower: fronts Samantha Riley Drive and consists of 17 residential levels, 162 units, a roof garden and 1000 square metres of retail;

■ 9-storey tower: 8 residential levels, 65 units, a roof garden, 400 sqm retail;

■ 13 storeys: 13 residential levels, 135 units;

■ 4 storeys: 4 residential levels, 38 units;

■ 6 storeys: 6 residential levels, 87 units;

■ 6 storeys: 6 residential levels, 78 units;

■ 8 storeys: 6 residential levels, 95 units, 500 sqm retail, and a 100-space rooftop childcare centre to satisfy the demand for an extra 28 childcare places and eight after-school care places generated by the development. The centre would be accessible to surrounding residents.

Click here for our previous coverage.

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