182 Victoria Road Marrickville NSW 2204

Demolition of all existing structures, select tree removal and site preparation. Construction of a mixed-use development comprising of 270 residential apartments, 2351m2 of retail space and two levels of basement.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 29 days ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: Inner West Council (Marrickville), reference DA201900096)

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  1. Kim commented

    Wow! Looking forward to the application documents being uploaded so I can see what this 270 unit development application with 2000sqm+ of commercial space will look like.

  2. Robynne Hayward commented

    I can’t see the information, is it here somewhere? If the planning authority put the DA on the website 4 days ago, why haven’t they put up the supporting documents?

  3. Michael H commented

    Seriously - another 240 residences in Marrickvileee - on that road? - saturday morning and peak hour traffic will be hell

    Scale it back !

  4. Michael W commented

    No planning information? Is this just another case of developers getting away with what Marrickville residents can't?

    @Michael H: If you look at the planning docs for the developments across the road, you'll note that the traffic analysis explicitly excluded movements between Marrickville and Sydneham roads - it's a splendid way of excluding facts from the planning process. Raising this issue with the authorities got exactly zero response. Welcome to the Gladysverse.

  5. Jennifer Killen commented

    Council posts documents about a week after the alert is sent out.
    Makes it difficult

  6. Suzanna commented

    Still nothing of this development on council website. I agree this development should not be approved. Marrickville is one of Sydney's many cash cows for developers with no respect for residents (present and future ) quality of life, pollution to the area and all round reduction in amenity.

  7. Julian P commented

    Victoria Rd Traffic is already very troublesome in both Marrickville rd and Enmore rd directions. Commonly jams and all alternate routes in the area are tight residential streets.

  8. Louise F commented

    270 apartments - the potential for another 600 people. This will impact already congested roads, parking and public transport. I don't mind new developments, people need somewhere to live, but the size of this needs to be scaled back.

  9. Claire Croumbie-Brown commented

    This is a serious over development which will have a seriously adverse impact on the local area.
    The first issue is that Marrickville cannot support 2350 sq metres of retail space. There are empty shops peppered along Marrickville Rd. Retail needs to be consolidated on Marrickville Rd and supported to develop. To disperse the retail area of Marrickville to Victoria Rd will be destructive to Marrickville and also make the traffic on Victoria Rd very problematic.
    The second issue is the amount of traffic that this oversized development with a minimum of 270 cars would impose on the local area. Sydenham Rd and Victoria Rd are already under significant pressure with traffic stacked up like a car park during peak hours and Saturdays.
    The third issue is that this moves small local industry away from the area. This is unhealthy for Marrickville.
    Finally where are the details on this development.

  10. Heather Davie commented

    * 270 units would appear to be an overdevelopment of site.
    * No information re FSR & heights of buildings
    * Currently no buildings of this size in close proximity so it follows that FSR & building height code would be broken.
    * Buildings would overshadow tennis courts & park.
    *Under flight path and noise levels could exceed 30 ANEF Need to minimise the number of people living in areas of excessive noise
    * Site currently used as employment land - Marrickville cannot afford to lose any more industrial/employment land - 33 factories have been bulldozed for Sydenham/Bankstown Metro conversion just down the road.
    *Retail area of 2350 squ. metres not appropriate for site. Many empty shops in Marrickville & with expansion of Marrickville Metro more retail not needed.
    *Traffic & parking major problem for this site. Sydenham & Victoria Rds already congested and there is no street parking for residents or retail. Underground parking will not be sufficient for residents and retail.
    Please reject this development application for this site.

  11. Mark Matheson commented

    Fifty-two people have already been killed in crashes in and around Sydney Airport.

    What kind of people would spend money to live with the constant threat of aeroplanes destroying their house and lives.

    I thought home-units were banned under the flight path.

  12. Matt Costain commented

    This is pretty obscene. Will increase traffic levels on often congested roads, and will ruin the low rise Marrickville enjoys, as spell the death of some of the creative and noise/music creating industries nearby with the inevitable noise complaints from appropriate zoning.

  13. Kristina Czaban commented

    20/03/19 lodgement date noted online in Council e-records and still no documents online as at 04/04/19. Trust the Public Notification deadline will be based on when the documents are available for review?

  14. Kim commented

    Development Application documents are now available on the Inner West Council website however the transport impact plan and the complete architecturals are missing (though they are listed). The shadowing plan details a 13 (!!!!!) storey building......just dreadful. 100 x 1 bed shoe boxes. 150 2 bdr and a handful of 3bdr apartments. 2000sqm of retail space when Marrickville Road has dozens of empty commercial spaces and the high rise above Marrickville Station also has many tenancies that have been vacant for years! See DA docs now via https://eproperty.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/eServices/P1/PublicNotices/PublicNoticeDetails.aspx?r=MC.P1.WEBGUEST&f=%24P1.ESB.PUBNOT.VIW&rf=MC.ESB.PUBNOTAL.ENQ&ApplicationId=DA201900096

  15. Monica commented

    Not sure why these developers chose such a congested area for hundreds of apartments. The area has a number of arts and cultural institutions that have night-time events. Will the apartment dwellers complain about the noise all the time, effectively shutting down the cultural institutions that have been there for years? Any new residents of this development should not be able to complain about venues that are already established in the area.

  16. Claire Croumbie-Brown commented

    This proposal is appalling. It states it will range from 6 to 14 storeys in height. There is absolutely NOTHING if that height in the area. It will be an appalling eyesore.
    The proposed retail space is ridiculous given the number of empty shops already in Marrickville. The proposed retail shops would just sit empty.
    When will the report on the proposals impact on traffic become available. The roads can not cope with the current level of traffic.

  17. A. Walker commented

    Unfortunately none of the links on the DA documents work. However, it’s clear to say given the information disclosed around the size of the building, it’s height (13 storeys with a roof top area) and it’s location on a road which is endlessly gridlocked, would appear beyond inappropriate for the area. Add to this a massive downturn in the apartment market, this will clearly not be a quality development. Further, this will set precedent in the area and we will see further construction of inappropriate buildings. Council should not allow this development to proceed at this size. The infrastructure in Marrickville can barely cope with current traffic and congestion. Marrickville should remain low rise and without high density apartment development. I have no issue with new residential, however, it should fit the requirements of the local people, with a quality living standard and not the developers wallet.

  18. J Williams commented

    The document links don't work but reviewing the other comments, we agree with the concerns re traffic congestion. Also, assuming most of the one bedroom units won't have car spaces, we also have concerns about parking. No issue with low rise apartments which fit into the area - but buildings with more than 3-4 storeys just don't fit the area and this needs to be scaled back. We want to retain the current village feel that makes Marrickville such a great place to live - these types of development destroy that.

  19. Vijay commented

    Please reject this development application for this site. It is high time the council does something for the people living in Marrickville. We do not need more apartments.
    - 270 units is an over-development of the site.
    - The apartment will be directly under the flight path, we need to reduce the number of units.
    - We do not need more retail space. There are enough retail spaces on Illawarra Road that are unused.
    - Traffic & parking is already a major problem at Sydenham & Victoria Rds. They are already congested. There is no on-street parking.

    The council has no regard for the people and I am sure they will go ahead with the construction anyway. At least reduce the number of storeys to 3 or 4. We do not need a skyscraper in Marrickville. The Danias timber factory just opposite to this site is also a site for an apartment and if that goes ahead too, Marrickville will be unliveable.

  20. Claire Croumbie-Brown commented

    This proposal is appalling. It states it will range from 6 to 14 storeys in height. There is absolutely NOTHING if that height in the area. It will be an appalling eyesore.
    The proposed retail space is ridiculous given the number of empty shops already in Marrickville. The proposed retail shops would just sit empty.
    When will the report on the proposals impact on traffic become available. The roads can not cope with the current level of traffic.

  21. Bernard Hafey commented

    Only now just a few days before the end closure of comments are the documents able to be downloaded for review
    The shadowing diagram is wildly inaccurate if the think that wicks park will only have several metres of shade form a 14 storey tower this is grossly inaccurate , at 49 meter tall building will throw at least 50m of shadow or more in mid winter with the zenith of the sun, most of wicks park and the trees will be heavily shadowed from May though to July making it cold and unwelcoming , also the Tennis courts will be heavily shadowed.
    There is no justification for 14 storeys other than investor returns, large buildings as such will disrupt local community and impact local traffic, yes its close to the railway but tenants and the few owners will still have cars, look at Wolli Creek as an example of how over-development has destroyed any sense of community. if this was a smaller block below 8 storeys with more 3 bedroom apartments it would invite families as owner occupiers thats what any community values higher than transient rental apartments

  22. Robynne Hayward commented

    I sent this in reply to an email from the council apologising for the website not working -they said it was fixed on the 8th but even so the period for objections should be extended and they should ensure DA supporting docs are made available as soon as they are received.

    I hope that the period for commenting or objecting to this horrendous DA will be extended to allow for the fact that no one has been able to see the supporting documents until a few days ago. This is totally unacceptable.
    Please do not approve this DA. There are so many unleased shops already in Marrickville and Illawarra Rds, also the extended Metro, more retail space is not needed. The proposed height is totally out of character for the area, shadowing will make Wicks Park unappealing, traffic in the area is already out of control, and there are already too many future slum apartments in this area.
    When will this Council start to consider the desires of the local population rather than the greed of developers who seem to have an unhealthy hold on the Inner West Council. It surely should be in the interest of council members to increase the appeal of the local environment in Marrickville rather than turn it into an unliveable congested and over-developed future ghetto.

    I wish the council would consider the quality of the apartments they are approving. There are some very shoddy ones in the Sydenham area, such as one in unwins bridge rd where the slum landlord refused to fix the lift and the air conditioner, both of which stopped working shortly after the tenants moved in.

  23. Andrew Bassett commented

    Do we have a council with the power or even the will to protect or enhance the existing culture and amenity of the suburbs they preside over?
    This is another over the top development application which makes no effort to fit in with local urban character and culture. In an area where traffic congestion is a significant problem already how exactly are the minimum 270 cars plus delivery vehicles visitors vehicles etc. supposed to get in and out? The completion of the metro line will not miraculously solve this issue. The removal of functional light industrial buildings removes local job opportunities. As noted by others a large number of these dwellings are shoebox size and suited to transient occupants, few families can stay here. The retail level seems unnecessary given that a great shopping strip in Marrickville and Illawarra roads is already not fully occupied.
    The overshadowing of Tillman Park will degrade one of the few small green spaces in this area and no amount of landscaped public space between tower blocks can substitute for plain old non- intensive use public parkland and open space.
    It’s over the top, greedy and an eyesore even compared to the low level industrial landscape that is there now. Scale it back, make something that contributes to the community.

  24. Mike commented

    I got a nonsensical email from Council in response to the lack of documents.

    "Documentation is unlikely to be available straight away, but once the documentation is uploaded in our system and can be made available on Council's web page, it will be."

    Apparently "straight away" has been defined by Council as any time after the documentation is uploaded to their system, which given history of this could be weeks or months.

    I've read the Transport analysis document, which makes a lot out of a Green Transport Plan (Section 6) for the site. That plan requires extensive follow up "To ensure the successful implementation of the GTP, a Travel Plan Coordinator (TPC) should be appointed to ensure the successful implementation of the GTP. This could be the building manager or a member of the body corporate." Apart from the fact that it will take major initiatives from the NSW State Government to provide necessary transport incentives - none of which can be guaranteed by the developer or Council, it is painfully clear that the Council does nothing to follow up on any breaches of developments from approved DAs. Reporting such breaches gets zero response.

    While the plan seems to describe Victoria Rd as the sole arterial connection to the Princes Highway (one way only as there is no right turn from Enmore Rd to King St), it is Sydenham Rd's connection via Railway Rd that is the true arterial connection to the highway. Traffic is already regularly backed up from King St, down Enmore and Victoria Rds such that on weekends, it takes 20 minutes for a bus to travel two stops from Addison Rd to Stanmore Rd along the Victoria Rd route.

    The simultaneous expansion of the Metro, and the addition of all the new developments in this precinct are going to totally overwhelm the road infrastructure in this area. While they are considered independently of each other they are getting passed through Council. They must be considered together for sane planning.

  25. Gemma B commented

    The height is too much for this area as nothing exists at that height around there. That amount of apartments is ridiculous - look at Mascot and its oversized apartment blocks which dominate the streetscapes. Unnecessary retail space as others have said. It's the wrong road for this bulky development as the congestion is already excessive there. Scale it right back!

  26. Carmel Grimmett commented

    I agree with all of the responses against this DA. In the interest of good governance I request that IWC please put online Marrickville DAs immediately they are received.
    This is proposal is excessive. It would ultimately represent more value for the developers and the community if this parcel of land, and the others held by this developer, we’re considered as one zone. Scale needs to fit the existing neighbourhood. I believe it would ultimately be more profitable to aim for building a model suburb out of this site and the others across Victoria Road. Make it a Sustainability showcase. Show some vision. Buyers want to be in Marrickville because of the alternative cultures - build for that. Implement best practice waste management, WSUD and energy saving measures across the development.

  27. Andrew Bassett commented

    Sorry I meant Wicks Park not Tillman

  28. K Czaban commented

    The Statement of Environment Effects is not yet available online as at 14/04/09.
    As the main summary of the proposal, being required to include "An assessment against all relevant controls in the LEP & DCP and any applicable SEPP" (from Inner West Council documentation requirements April 2018) , this is a critical document for review. Trust this will be uploaded ASAP

  29. Angus commented

    This DA is currently not acceptable as it is a significant overdevelopment of this site. The height is not in keeping with what is reasonable for this area, and is directly under the flight path. In addition it poses unacceptable shading for Wicks Park - almost totally covering it at 9am for Winter mornings. This is a key park for local children and parents to meet and it is completely inappropriate for users of the park to have their amenity affected by overdevelopment of this site. Development of a reasonable amount of dwellings in this area is acceptable but this proposal is in no ways reasonable.

  30. Petra Jones commented

    As I understand the Victoria Road Precinct Development, this DA is just one of proposed 1100 Units. The roads are already struggling with the traffic and this will add further congestion. The 2011 and 2016 Census reports states that the average motor vehicle per household is 1.2 so it is clear the number of cars are not decreasing even though there are two train stations - Sydenham and Marrickville in the area.
    The 2106 Census, states that apartments, flats and units made up 45.2% of dwellings in Marrickville,(by way of interest Dulwich Hill has 50%) however throughout NSW this figure is 19.9%. We need to take stock of what has been approved/built since this time and engage the town planners to ascertain what is required in respect of green spaces, schools, road upgrades, services (police, ambulance, SES etc). We need to stop approvals of significant projects in a vacuum and pretend they will have no impact.
    Green buildings are on the rise throughout the world and we need the Council to develop and mandate green building standards and reject soulless concrete blocks that are being approved. Buildings need to be eco-friendly and energy efficient, and improve the quality of the surrounding environment. The DA process needs to take into consideration the materials buildings are made of and the radiant heat they emit; We need better design elements such as green walls and roofs and high rise developments need to provide green areas for residents (Wicks Park should not be considered in this context as additional green space needs to be provided)
    In short, we need to drastically re-develop our planning laws to incorporate elements that beautify and cool our cities so that we can actually enjoy them. Each new DA should be assessed in terms of the impact they have on services and infrastructure(including roads) needed to be provided to the community. There needs to be ratios developed (people to green space, schools etc) and god forbid that the developers would actually have to give back something to the community. If they can't be provided the DA should be rejected. This DA provides no benefit to the local community - the gains will all be directed solely to the developers.
    I agree with previous comments relating to the need to maintain our creative and light industrial spaces and that the approval of this DA will be the beginning of the end for them. I also note the plethora of vacant commercial/shop front premises in Marrickville that have been vacant for some time.
    Please reject this DA application and support the wishes of the rate paying community. There needs to be a holistic approach to planning in the inner west and not the current piecemeal one.

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