Hundreds of homes avoid bulldozer under revised LEP

Almost a year of uncertainty is over for many residents who feared they would lose their homes under the Blacktown Local Environment Plan (BLEP).

The revised BLEP is on council’s website, ahead of next Monday night’s extraordinary meeting.

Major changes were made to the BLEP after council received 600 public submissions.

Homes affected by the BLEP has reduced from 488 to 94.

In Mount Druitt, the number has dropped from 62 homes to just three in Coates Street.

Fifteen homes in Rooty Hill will remain affected in comparison to the original 45.

Blacktown Residents Voice spokeswoman Indira Devi welcomed the changes.

‘‘As the voice for the people in the Blacktown area, I believe it was a collective achievement of the community who stood together as a united group of people,’’ she said.

‘‘The success I believe was because we the residents  continuously reminded council that we are united together and we are a group that strongly believes that consultation, integrity, openness and honestly helped us to achieve this victory. On behalf of the residents, I would like to say thank you to the council and hope all councillors vote yes to the revised BLEP.’’

Ms Devi’s work isn’t over.

‘‘I will continue the fight for the remaining 94 households who do not want to move,’’ she said.

A council spokeswoman said the report addresses each of the submissions received during the draft BLEP exhibition period.

Individual letters of advice have been sent to each person who lodged a submission.

The extraordinary council meeting will held next Monday at Bowman Hall, Blacktown at 7pm.

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