Nelson Road Village application received by The Hills Council

Under way: A development application for a commercial and residential precinct in Box Hill is under preliminary review.

Under way: A development application for a commercial and residential precinct in Box Hill is under preliminary review.

The growing residential district of Box Hill will be home to a new commercial precinct if a recent development application is approved.

Construction of Nelson Road Village will require draining of an existing dam, demolition and tree removal on Nelson Road to make way for the mixture of retail, child-care and residential offerings.

The plan for four-storey shop-top housing, a supermarket, childcare centre and 187 residential units was submitted to The Hills Council last week.

In a report submitted to The Hills Council, Think Planners stated their plans for apartments of various sizes met SEPP 65 guidelines.

Among the 187 apartments intended for construction, sizes will range from one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom arrangements to allow for a "diversity of typologies and living patterns."

The 80-place childcare centre is just one aspect aimed at servicing an emerging community made up of subdivisions across the Box Hill area.

Formerly farmland, the suburb is undergoing a rapid transformation with land releases such as The Gables and The Hills of Carmel recording strong sales.

One of the fastest growing regions in New South Wales, The Hills is home to thousands of new residential plots.

New infrastructure is also being constructed to accommodate the future population, while a school at North Kellyville has been given preliminary funding.

The Hills Council has repeatedly voiced its concern about SEPP 65 guidelines, opting to approve those developments that cater to family sized dwellings of two or three bedrooms.

The council has also rejected other proposals for shop-top housing on Merindah Road in Baulkham Hills and at Winston Hills Shopping Centre.

Valued at more than $20 million, the Nelson Road plans will ultimately be approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel, with advice and submissions provided by council.

The notification period for the application will end on September 21.

“Council staff are currently conducting a preliminary assessment of the application,” a spokeswoman for The Hills Council said.

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