Community to pay for developer led planning
No local jobs, massive increases in traffic and reduced services will be the norm if this proposal goes ahead.
The NSW Government has asked landholders to nominate sites that could be developed for housing, which would be considered by the State Government bypassing the views and needs of local communities.
Penrith Mayor Greg Davies said: “This process goes against the planned growth approach adopted by all governments for decades, which is to deliver new growth in a managed and focussed way that builds on existing urban areas, established infrastructure and creates new local jobs.
“The sites nominated by developers are in Mulgoa, Glenmore Park, Orchard Hills, Mount Vernon, Luddenham, Kemps Creek and Wallacia. This is planning madness.
“The Orchard Hills component alone looks at 25,000 new sites, which would leave a burden of approximately $700 million dollars to be inflicted on local ratepayers.
“These nominated sites equate to some 34,000 new houses in our City, which would create intolerable traffic congestion and place increased strain on services such as health.
“The Government has said that these sites should be developed within three years “at no extra cost to the Government”, which means the Government won’t support these developments with roads, transport or other infrastructure.
“If developers don’t pay and the State Government doesn’t pay for these things, then ratepayers are expected to pay to make these new sites liveable.
“Our analysis and planning strategies show that Penrith City has sufficient land capacity to cater for the next 25 years of housing growth. These developer nominated sites do not need to be developed and certainly not if it’s going to cause more strain on infrastructure, services and taxpayers.
“What Penrith City needs is new jobs in Western Sydney and close to our people so that we don’t have to travel long distances and spend time away from our family while we commute every day.
“We ask that the State Government focus on providing the infrastructure and employment that we need in the future, rather than developing housing where it is not needed or wanted.
“The Government is taking critical planning decisions away from the local community,” Councillor Davies said.