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Media Release

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23 November 2021

Council concerned plans for Telopea redevelopment fall short

City of Parramatta Council is urging the NSW Government to rethink its plans for the revitalisation of Telopea after identifying several shortcomings in the concept proposal.

In its submission to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, endorsed last night, Council objected to the concept plan in its current form because of significant issues relating to the precinct’s poor design, the proposed density and height above what is allowable, and insufficient provisions for local infrastructure.

“Telopea is undergoing a significant and much-needed transformation, but it needs to be done properly,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Steven Issa said.

“While we support plans to replace ageing social housing and other facilities as part of this revitalisation, the concept plan falls short in many areas.

“As it stands, the proposal features apartment buildings much larger than currently allowed in the State Government’s own masterplan, without proper justification. We have serious concerns about the impact of this and want to see the entire precinct redesigned.

“We also need a commitment from the NSW Government that the development will be supported by sufficient local infrastructure before any approval is given, including arrangements for a replacement library and community centre, new open spaces, road, cycleway and streetscape upgrades. The community needs certainty.”

Council supports the detailed proposal for Stage 1A of the development, which includes the construction of five apartment blocks, a new Light Rail arrival plaza and neighbourhood park, and other works, subject to some changes in relation to parking, access arrangements and the planned park.
 

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