Fears the proposed South Dural development will “destroy a good suburb” and add increased pressure on New Line Road has been voiced by concerned residents.
If the proposal - submitted by Lyon Group Australia to Hornsby Shire Council – goes ahead, 240 hectares of rural land will be developed with over 2900 new dwellings including houses and apartments.
Cherrybrook Residents Association president Vince del Gallego, who has lived in the area for over 30 years, said not only will the development be devastating for New Line Rd, but will create a “concrete jungle”.
“Why destroy a beautiful landscape? It should be protected for future generations,” Mr del Gallego said.
“It’s nicely planned, a nice place to live.
“And where is the population growth coming from? There should be proper planning for new cities, not messing up current towns” he said.
Mr del Gallego added that the widening of New Line Rd should take place regardless of the proposal, not as a response.
Another long-term Dural resident, who did not wish to be named, said she believed many people were ready to move. “It's an older area and people have been waiting for years for the development of the area,” she said.
A business owner in Dural told the Hills she wasn’t happy about the changes the development will bring. “Dural isn’t going to be rural anymore."
However, Hornsby Shire mayor Steve Russell said he supported the proposal – which is currently on exhibition - but it needs to be examined by independent consultants.
“In the next 20 years, Sydney needs 726,000 new homes to accommodate population growth. We need to do our bit,” Mayor Russell said.
“Consultants are looking at it now, and council will be guided by their report.
“New Line Road needs to be widened anyway. The traffic isn't just coming from Dural, but also the Hills and Blacktown.
Cr Russell added residents’ fears that the rural nature of the area will be destroyed are unfounded.
“There is a lot of land that is not longer farmed, it’s vacant land that is no longer productive,” he said.
“The proposed development will retain bushland and lovely amenities. But, I will not oppose the building of nice, aesthetically pleasing, quality state-of-the-art homes,” he said.
Cr Russell said he expects there will be opposition. The proposal will be put to council after the deadline for public exhibition expires.