Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott and Liberal candidate for Seven Hills Councillor Mark
Taylor have joined Parramatta Liberal Councillors in slamming the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) decision to approve a new development behind Northmead Bowling Club.
Mr Elliott said the development is completely out of character with the area and would cause major traffic congestion around the area.
“We all understand the need for sensible development, but this is the furthest thing from sensible,” Mr Elliott said.
Cr Taylor said there has to be a balance struck, rather than just going all out for new high rise development.
“The JRPP has failed to consider the character of Northmead and has given no consideration to the amenity of the area, which will be ruined by excessive development,” Cr Taylor said.
Liberal Councillors Bob Dwyer and Scott Lloyd agreed, saying Northmead had already been impacted by major changes.
“Northmead is a rapidly changing suburb, but residents deserve to be able to hold on to
the open space of the area as changes are made,” Cr Dwyer said.
“New housing is welcomed, but access to the site behind the Bowling Club is already limited, and with this development, on an old quarry site, access will now be even more difficult due to a lack of foresight,” Cr Lloyd said.
Fred Lloyd, a Northmead resident for over 60 years, said the community had been vocal
in its opposition to the size of the development.
“Every day members of the club are discussing how concerning this development is,” Mr Lloyd said.
“It is disappointing to see the JRPP ignore local concerns as they have, but the local Liberal team will ensure our voices are heard.”