Highrise bid fails to pass

A CASTLE HILL highrise complex development bid has been rejected by council following concerns for the livability of the site.

Castle Hill highrise complex

Castle Hill highrise complex

The proposal, lodged by Castle Larool DM Pty Ltd, detailed a complex with 347 dwellings including 98 one-bedroom apartments, 188 two-bedroom units and 31 three-bedroom apartments.

A council report noted the development site, situated between Larool Crescent and Carramarr Road, was inconsistent in height requirements.

“The proposal is not supported on the basis that it is inconsistent with council’s strategic planning objectives for the land as set out in the Hills Corridor Strategy and Castle Hill North Precinct Plan,” the report said. 

“The site is identified … for a density of 96 dwellings per hectare.” Councillor Jeff Lowe said he held concerns about the impact on surrounding areas and the systematic flow of traffic.  “It is inconsistent with the local adoptive,” Cr Lowe said.  “Where are these people going to enjoy their open space?”

Deputy mayor Robyn Preston empathised with “the angst the homeowners must be feeling.

“I haven’t made this decision lightly,” Cr Preston said. 

“The impact on neighbouring properties is the lack of open space and recreational space. We want places and spaces in this area for people to own themselves.”

However, Cr Lowe said there was potential for the development on the site but wanted to see more dwellings per hectare. 

“It’s a great site without a shadow of a doubt,” he said.  “I’d like to see them come back with designs and concepts for it.”

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