Penrith complex not welcome

A MASSIVE development near Penrith’s city centre could be built over the objections of Penrith Council and residents.

   Parkview Penrith has proposed building a mixed residential, retail and commercial complex, including a Masters home store, on  170,000 square metres in Station Street, Penrith, bracketed by Jamison Road and Woodriff Street.

   Last year Penrith Council unanimously objected to the proposal citing, among other things, Parkview reducing the number of proposed residential units from 1000 to 570.

   But Penrith Council is powerless to stop it because under state significant planning laws, the Planning Department’s Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decides the application.

   Penrith mayor Ross Fowler said the original proposal was better.

   ‘‘We would have had the Thornton residential estate at one end of the CBD and a largely residential complex at the other,’’ Cr Fowler said.

   ‘‘But they’ve changed it.

   ‘‘The proposed Masters store is completely at odds with a mixed residential/retail complex and is contrary to the council’s vision of the city.’’

   Penrith councillor John Thain said he had backed the original development proposal because it had the right mix of hotels, residential units and retail spaces.

   ‘‘But now we’ll have a giant car park and a bland structure in a key part of Penrith,’’ Cr Thain said.

   ‘‘I think the development is inappropriate for that part of the city.

   ‘‘I’m not opposed to Masters in general either  but it would be more appropriate along Mulgoa Road.’’

   He  hoped the PAC would consider Penrith Council’s objections when considering the application.

   Cr Fowler said he hoped the same.

   ‘‘We’ve made representations to the minister and [Penrith state MP] Stuart Ayres has made strong representations on our behalf to Planning NSW,’’ he said.

   ‘‘I don’t think there’s anything we can do but hope the PAC rejects it.’’

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