Public comment on additional 273 lots at Redbank extended to February 21

The deadline for public comment on more than 270 additional residential lots proposed for the Redbank development at North Richmond has been extended by nearly three weeks.

Hawkesbury council received a development application (DA) to create an additional 273 residential lots and four open space lots at 392 Grose Vale Road.

Extended: The deadline for public comment on an additional 273 houses at North Richmond's Redbank development has been extended. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Extended: The deadline for public comment on an additional 273 houses at North Richmond's Redbank development has been extended. Picture: Geoff Jones.

“The development application is for vegetation removal, the demolition of a dwelling house and outbuilding, earthworks, the removal of two dams, the construction of roads, landscaping and public domain works and a staged torrens title subdivision,” a council statement said.

“The subdivision involves the creation of the ‘Promenade’, ‘Southern Heights’ and ‘Ridgetops’ Precincts.

“The stage one Promenade Precinct is for the creation of 147 residential lots, the stage two Southern Heights Precinct is for the creation of 54 residential lots and the stage three Ridgetops Precinct is for the creation of 72 residential lots.”

Public comment on the application was original due to cut off on February 1, however the deadline has now been extended and submissions can be lodged until Thursday, February 21.

Concerns over the development have been raised by community groups such as the Bells Line of Road Community Action Group (BLORCAG), relating to the hundreds of extra car movements the development would create every day to the “already choked” North Richmond area and bridge, without a commitment or start date for an additional bridge.

Members were also concerned over insufficient public transport options to alleviate traffic, the destruction of native fauna habitat, no paid emergency services on that side of the river, and the fact Grose Vale Road remained the single evacuation route in the event of a fire.

Council stated the application met the criteria for determination by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel as it had a capital investment value in excess of $20 million.

The Voluntary Planning Agreement for the Redbank site referred to approximately 1,400 dwellings being developed on the land, with a total of 590 residential allotments already approved approved, council stated.

“The 273 residential lots proposed with [this DA] are to form part of the approximately 1,400 dwellings for the Redbank site,” it stated.

The 273 residential lots proposed with [this DA] are to form part of the approximately 1,400 dwellings for the Redbank site.

Hawkesbury council

For further information on the application, contact council on 4560 4444.