NSW Government reveal plans for 5,626 apartments at Kellyville, Bella Vista Metro station sites

Local politicians are standing defiant against their own government’s proposal to bring 5600 apartments to Metro station sites.

Plans for 5600 apartments have been revealed for Bella Vista and Kellyville. Early concept impressionPlans for 5600 apartments have been revealed for Bella Vista and Kellyville. Early concept impression

Ambitious plans to see 5626 apartments built alongside the Kellyville and Bella Vista Metro Station sites have been submitted by State Government developer Landcom — and now it’s your chance to have a say.

The multi-million dollar proposals, which could see 29 residential buildings constructed at Kellyville and a further 57 residential buildings and 20 retail and commercial buildings for the Bella Vista Metro station site, will see Landcom partner with a private developer to construct the state significant development.

Kellyville Station Precinct Plans could see thousands of new homes built. Early concept impressionKellyville Station Precinct Plans could see thousands of new homes built. Early concept impression

The Bella Vista site — spanning from Memorial Ave to Celebration Dr — is expected to provide between 2905 and 3822 new homes.

While the Kellyville site — stretching along Old Windsor Rd and Samantha Riley Dr — is earmarked to generate between 1412 and 1804 apartments.

Planning Department executive director Anthea Sargeant called for the wider community to have their say on the projects.

“The proposal includes apartments and terrace housing, and future buildings will range from seven metres up to 68 metres high,” she said.

“The proposal also includes retail and commercial floor space, a new primary school, new parks and public domain works and new community facilities.”

Kellyville Station Precinct Plans could include community facilities. Early concept impressionKellyville Station Precinct Plans could include community facilities. Early concept impression

Planning documents submitted this month said the plans aim to create a “beautiful view”.

“Bella Vista Station Precinct will be a vibrant and bustling destination that fosters strong connections to its open spaces and natural creek line, connecting with existing district views while offering transit oriented amenity within a human scale urban setting,” planners said.

“(While in Kellyville) the vision is centred on establishing a new urban space that is vibrant and liveable, green and connected by a network of open spaces, and convenient in terms of access to public transport and amenities.”

Kellyville Station Precinct Plans Early concept impressionKellyville Station Precinct Plans Early concept impression

Baulkham Hills state Liberal MP David Elliott attacked the proposal, telling the Times his stance against development has not changed.

“I have stated in the past and will continue to campaign against development in my electorate until the Metro is finished and servicing the CBD, Memorial Ave is upgraded, Matthew Pearce Public School is renovated, the new registered club is built at Kellyville and Rouse Hill Hospital is operating,” he said.

“When all these projects are completed, then I will consider sustainable development opportunities in a case-by-case basis.

“Hills residents should not be forced to endure ‘catch up’ infrastructure again.”

Baulkham Hills state Liberal MP David Elliott hit out at the proposal. (AAP Image/James Gourley)Baulkham Hills state Liberal MP David Elliott hit out at the proposal. (AAP Image/James Gourley)

Hills Shire Mayor, Michelle Byrne, said planning for Metro precincts needed to be done right.

“They need to be active, vibrant areas that accommodate residents and jobs and create a quality of life for future residents,” she said.

“Although Landcom’s vision will not be complete till 2045, serious thought still needs to be given to how we will support these precincts with local and regional infrastructure today and in the future.”

Cr Byrne said although some density will be inevitable around Metro stations to accommodate population growth, it needed to be able to be supported with local and regional infrastructure.

“It is not acceptable to push in as much density as possible in the station precincts without considering the impacts on current infrastructure and the need to provide upgraded and new infrastructure,” she said.

Bella Vista Station precinct plans. Early concept impressionBella Vista Station precinct plans. Early concept impression

The submission of the proposals for public exhibition comes just days after similar plans by Jean Nassif’s Toplace were rejected by The Hills Council in Cherrybrook.

A Toplace spokeswoman said the planning department “has made it clear” its demand for higher density housing close to the Metro stations.

“Both the Landcom development and the Toplace proposal at Cherrybrook are ideally located close to public transport hubs such as metro stations,” she said.

“We are surprised council appears to be supporting the Landcom proposal, particularly given it recently refused the Toplace proposal at Cherrybrook which contained a much lower density.

Toplace artist’s impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village, which could stretch from Highs Rd, West Pennant Hills to Cherrybrook Station.Toplace artist’s impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village, which could stretch from Highs Rd, West Pennant Hills to Cherrybrook Station.

“This lack of consistency where proposals with similar merits get different outcomes undermines private sector investment in the area at a time when more housing is needed to meet future population growth.”

Bus backflip: NSW Government return bus services across The Hills

Vital bus services across northwest Sydney have been returned after three months of protest. See the routes that were revived in the government backflip and the ones left on the cutting room floor.

Vital bus services across The Hills have been returned. (AAP Image / Angelo Velardo)Vital bus services across The Hills have been returned. (AAP Image / Angelo Velardo)

Desperate commuters across The Hills campaigning to see axed bus services reinstated after they were cut with the opening of the Sydney Metro northwest have won the battle, but not the war, for all services to be revived.

A series of petitions, which gained the support of close to 15,000 residents, and a strong campaign by NewsLocal were launched after the NSW Government announced it would cut bus services across The Hills from July 28 this year.

Residents sign petitions to return buses across The Hills. Picture: Julian AndrewsResidents sign petitions to return buses across The Hills. Picture: Julian Andrews

However, Transport for NSW announced a major backflip, with hundreds of buses on affected routes including 620X, 626, 632, 633, 635, 642X and 651 would return from November 17 after community feedback and Opal card travel data.

The 621 Castle Hill to Wynyard service, which was the catalyst for a petition that gained more than 4000 signatures, was not returned.

Epping state Liberal MP Dominic Perrottet said Transport for NSW listened to the community concerns.

Thousands joined the campaign to return bus services in The Hills Districts. Picture: Julian AndrewsThousands joined the campaign to return bus services in The Hills Districts. Picture: Julian Andrews

“These changes are aimed at creating an integrated public transport network to help

people move easily around Epping with more than 600 additional weekly services now running to-and-from Metro stations,” he said.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me regarding this matter and I want to reassure people I will continue fighting for the restoration of the 621 service.”

While Seven Hills state Liberal MP Mark Taylor thanked residents that campaigned alongside him to see the return of the 606 bus from Winston Hills to Parramatta.

Hornsby Greens councillor Emma Heyde held community rallies to call on the State Government to return bus services.

At a public meeting in Cherrybrook on August 4, 2019, chaired by Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde (pictured), residents protested about the plans to scrap bus services in The Hills. Pictured: Julian AndrewsAt a public meeting in Cherrybrook on August 4, 2019, chaired by Hornsby Councillor Emma Heyde (pictured), residents protested about the plans to scrap bus services in The Hills. Pictured: Julian Andrews

Cr Heyde said she was happy with the result, however, concerned that crucial routes would not return after the government backflip.

“It is three months of angst and inconvenience for residents that should never have happened,” Cr Heyde said. “The government had Opal data that showed these routes were still at 80 per cent capacity.

“Residents are in uproar that the 621 route that was the major concern hasn’t been returned – not to mention the fact that it has taken three months for their outrage to be heard.”

CHANGES TO THE NETWORK

Route 606 – Winston Hills to Parramatta will see 150 weekly services added and revert to stopping out the front of Winston Hills Mall.

Route 620X – Dural to City via Cherrybrook via M2

25 additional weekly services on route 620X, with earlier services during the afternoon

peak and services operating later into the evening. The last service will now depart the

City around 9pm.

Route 626 – Kellyville Station to Pennant Hills via Cherrybrook

Over 80 additional weekly services with extra morning and afternoon peak services

between Cherrybrook Village shops and Cherrybrook Metro Station. The route will also

provide quicker access to Cherrybrook Station, operating direct via County Drive

instead of via David Road.

Route 632 – Rouse Hill Station to Pennant Hills via Norwest and Castle Hill

Over 70 additional weekly services with extra off-peak and later evening services from

Rouse Hill Station to Pennant Hills via Norwest, Castle Hill and Cherrybrook.

Route 633 – Rouse Hill Station to Pennant Hills via Kellyville and Castle Hill

Over 60 additional weekly services making it easier for customers to travel to-and-

from the Hills Showground, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook and Pennant Hills stations.

Route 635 – Castle Hill to Beecroft via West Pennant Hills

100 additional weekly services with the route adjusted to operate via Cherrybrook

Village and David Road with later weeknight and new weekend services introduced.

These changes will also restore the connection between the Anglican Retirement

Village and Cherrybrook Village shops.

Route 642X – Round Corner Dural to City via M2

Over 230 additional weekly services including either side of the afternoon peak and

will now include a stop at Cherrybrook Station, as well as new off-peak and evening

services between Dural and Cherrybrook Station.

Route 651 – Rouse Hill Station to Epping via Castle Hill

Over 50 additional weekly services between Epping and Castle Hill via West Pennant

Hills on weekdays.

Construction of $1.6 million clubhouse at Greenway Park, Cherrybrook approved

Construction is set to start on a new $1.6 million clubhouse at Greenway Park after the project was given the go-ahead by the Hornsby Local Planning Panel.

Artist impression of the planned $1.6 million clubhouse for Greenway Park, Cherrybrook.Artist impression of the planned $1.6 million clubhouse for Greenway Park, Cherrybrook.

The long-awaited installation of a new clubhouse for Greenway Park in Cherrybrook has officially passed its final hurdle after the Hornsby Local Planning Panel unanimously approved the development application last week.

Last year, the Federal Government announced $2.7 million in funding to upgrade the popular ground following a substantial campaign from the local community.

The funding included $1 million to returf Greenway’s main oval and $1.6 million to install a Greenway Community Sports House, which would provide female change rooms, shade for spectators, improved disability access and an all-purpose facility for club gatherings.

The Greenway Community Sports House will provide female change rooms and an all-purpose facility for club gatherings.The Greenway Community Sports House will provide female change rooms and an all-purpose facility for club gatherings.

Federal Liberal Berowra MP Julian Leeser said the clubhouse’s approval was “a terrific thing for the people of Cherrybrook.”

“In 2018, the local community came to me with petitions and a campaign that they had run to try and upgrade the sporting facilities at Greenway Park,” Mr Leeser said.

“That campaign ultimately resulted in a successful application for $2.7 million of funding to upgrade the top oval at Greenway Park, which was done over the last summer, to install new drainage, which is being done shortly, and, in the third and most important phase, to commence construction on a new clubhouse, (which) will commence shortly.”

Berowra MP Julian Leeser and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann with representatives from some of the clubs that call Greenway Park home. Picture: Julian AndrewsBerowra MP Julian Leeser and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann with representatives from some of the clubs that call Greenway Park home. Picture: Julian Andrews

Greenway Park is one of Sydney’s most widely-used sports grounds, with almost 3000 players from seven different sporting clubs-including AFL, cricket and rugby league- playing out of the venue.

“All of those clubs, and the broader Cherrybrook community, will benefit from a better oval, with better drainage and a clubhouse that people can be proud of and that will provide better facilities for the growing female participation in all of those sports,” Mr Leeser said.

Greenway Sports House Committee chairman Phil Hare said the community had been calling for Greenway Park to be upgraded “for over a decade.”

“This is a phenomenal result that will make an enormous difference to the seven clubs and their players that call Greenway home.”

Cherrybrook Development: Hills Shire Council decides fate of 61 tower proposals

A group of councillors and development mogul, Jean Nassif have come to blows over plans to build thousands of apartments in Sydney’s northwest during a council meeting overnight.

Councillors labelled the two multimillion-dollar developments by construction mogul Jean Nassif’s Toplace and Chanrich Properties as “overcooked” while standing defiant against the proposal — enraging Mr Nassif as he sat in the gallery.

Toplace submitted plans for 46 buildings ranging from two to 16 storeys to stretch along Castle Hill Rd from Highs Rd to Coonara Ave in 2016.

Toplace artist impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village. Which could stretch from Highs Rd, West Pennant Hills to Cherrybrook Station.Toplace artist impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village. Which could stretch from Highs Rd, West Pennant Hills to Cherrybrook Station.

The proposal for Cherrybrook Village, which has seen major reductions in negotiations with council, includes plans for buildings ranging from two to 16 storeys in height.

The planning proposal also forecasts the creation of a series of pedestrian and cycleways including an underground link to the Metro station, a new road network, community facilities, parklands and hundreds of commuter parking spaces.

Toplace artist impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village. Which could stretch from Highs Rd, West Pennant Hills to Cherrybrook Station.Toplace artist impressions of the 46 high rise residential towers proposed for Cherrybrook Village. Which could stretch from Highs Rd, West Pennant Hills to Cherrybrook Station.

However, Liberal councillor, Samuel Uno, called for his peers to reject the proposal, describing it as “a mirage when it comes to proposed public benefit”.

“This proposal is ridiculous,” he said. “The proposed public benefits, including acres of bushtrails and community facilities, are a mirage because they are proposed for sites the developer does no own.

“The developer expects ratepayers to fork out the bill for this, so it is ridiculous that they would believe that the representatives of our residents would support a motion that completely lacks public benefit.”

While Liberal councillor Alan Hasleden labelled the proposal as “proprosperous in its present form”.

“This development would dump 6000 people in what is currently zoned as a low density residential area,” he said. “They are stretching this site to its elastic limits, until it pops.”

Toplace spokeswoman and urban planning specialist, Larissa Brennan., said council officers “failed to raise concerns before the council meeting, leaving us unable to resolve or address issues.”

“We want to ensure we deliver roads, public spaces and community facilities,” she said. “We want to deliver a world class master planned village and that is what this proposal is.”

Hills property developer Jean Nassif was outraged by the decision of councillors.Hills property developer Jean Nassif was outraged by the decision of councillors.

Mr Nassif anxiously awaited the decision of councillors during Tuesday night’s meeting, telling The Hills Shire Times the councillor’s decision “was not one of planning merits but based on political views and direction”.

Meanwhile, Chanrich Properties director, Michael Fornari, said it was “galling” that his proposal for 930 homes in buildings ranging from two to 12 storeys and a series of 25 townhouses at the corner of Coonara Ave and Castle Hill Rd had “gone nowhere in six years”. “Mirvac’s residential proposal for the IBM site had already received council report and moved on to the Gateway Determination process,” he said.

Artist impressions of GROSVENOR PARK at West Pennant Hills which could include 15 residential towers and 25 townhouses. at the corner of Coonara Ave and Castle Hill Rd.Artist impressions of GROSVENOR PARK at West Pennant Hills which could include 15 residential towers and 25 townhouses. at the corner of Coonara Ave and Castle Hill Rd.

The proposal includes 5000sq m of central open space at the centre of the masterplanned community.

Liberal councillor Mike Thomas said there was a “need to future proof development” with fears development could creep further into the West Pennant Hills valley if proposals were rejected.

However, Labor councillor Tony Hay blamed the State Government for “abandoning a planned future for Cherrybrook”.

“The government has orphaned Cherrybrook and walked away from their commitment to plan this community,” he said.

“No wonder people think the NSW Planning Department is broken — we are left to pick up the scraps and we are coming up short.

Artist impressions of GROSVENOR PARK at West Pennant Hills which could include 15 residential towers and 25 townhouses. at the corner of Coonara Ave and Castle Hill Rd.Artist impressions of GROSVENOR PARK at West Pennant Hills which could include 15 residential towers and 25 townhouses. at the corner of Coonara Ave and Castle Hill Rd.

“Where they have their own interests in land along the metro, they are demanding twice the heights of private developers masterplanning sites.”

Councillors also voted to reject the Chanrich Properties proposal from proceeding to Gateway Determination by the NSW Government.

SOURCE: Jake McCallum, Urban Affairs Reporter, Hills Shire Times