Plans for a redeveloped Cherrybrook Village Shopping Centre have been welcomed by residents fed up with driver delays.
A development application lodged last week outlines plans to provide more parking and more retail space at the centre.
For many, it’s a step in the right direction, with the majority of residents saying they are desperate for improved access to parking, where currently there is just a single lane entry via two roundabouts.
“I think we really need it, from the perspective of traffic and access,” Cherrybrook resident Anthony Ashby said.
“But in terms of getting more shops, I’m not necessarily in favour of that. It’s more about the congestion problems.”
Not everyone is celebrating, with the application yet to be approved by Hornsby Council.
“I wouldn’t like it to become too much bigger,” Margaret – who did not wish to share her last name – told the Hills News this week.
“The new parking lot has been 20 years in the making, so I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Lisa, a mother of five, said she would welcome more parking, adding she tried to avoid the centre at peak times.
“You have to pick your moments,” she said.
It has been 15 years since the centre was last redeveloped, and the plans follow approval of a Cherrybrook metro station as part of the NSW government’s major rail project.
Owner, Mirvac Group, said it would “increase the centre’s accessibility and appeal to reflect the needs of the expanding local community.”
Community feedback will play a significant role in the planning process, a statement from Mirvac Group said.
“The development will also seek to realign and expand the current retail and food offering and to ensure Cherrybrook Village continues to meet the local communities’ desire for premium fresh food and convenience,” Cherrybrook Village centre manager Natasha Storch said.
The redevelopment would include:
Additional vehicle entrance/exit from Shepherd's Drive; Reconfigured car park layout; All weather parking options; An additional 2,000m2 (approximately) of retail and services.