20 Dan Street, Merrylands NSW 2160

Demolition of existing structures and construction of a two (2) storey 53 place child care facility over basement level car parking

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 2 months ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: Cumberland Council, reference DA-432/2019 MERRYLANDS)

9 Comments

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  1. R Chan commented

    I urge the council to consider how the construction of yet another child care centre in Merrylands will affect the community. Noise levels for residents increase, as well as traffic congestion.

    Please also consider that there is already an oversupply of child care centres in the area- there is no need to add an addition centre whilst also impacting the living environment for local residents.

  2. A Oates commented

    This cannot proceed!!!! Dan Street is a small, very narrow cul de sac, already suffering under the high volume of residential traffic, and you are looking at putting in this enormous additional development, with considerable additional traffic, at the very top of the street.
    Dan Street has many, many near misses and sadly we have suffered fatalities at the street entrance. We have residents from Burnett Street using it as a parking lot, and making the task of turning into and out of Dan Street, onto the very busy Burnett Street, a high risk exercise.
    The small, narrow road cannot take this additional traffic and the residents do not want this in such a small, crowded street.
    How can this be allowed to progress, when residents are not even able to knock down and re build a town house on an existing block?

  3. Kim Kolo commented

    This is NOT something that is required in a small residential street.
    This is a narrow street with cars parked on both sides, with passing and exiting from our own driveways challenging. The turning circle where this development is located is small with the 2 townhouses next to 20 parking their cars out from the driveway, although they have parking available on their property, as well as parking on the nature strip.
    How can children be dropped off in a safe environment....they can't.... the congestion is not satisfied by the traffic report in the application. The Garbage Trucks also have enormous trouble turning in the circle on pick up days.
    Getting into and out of Dan St is a challenge due to the cars parked either side and the traffic in the morning on Burnett St when it can take up to 5 minutes to turn left due to the traffic going up the hill. The same is in the afternoon trying to get into Dan Street.
    I have photos of the parking and am willing to provide them .

  4. Kim Kolo commented

    Further to my objections to the proposed development at 20 Dan Street. There is no Emergency Evacuation Plan attached to this application.
    With 53 children and staff how can the children be safely marshalled on the street as there isnt an area big enough or safe enough at the back of the building structure and in the front only the road and neighboring houses.
    Its not good enough for the application to say that a Emergency Evacuation Plan will be prepared prior to the commencement of operations.
    There is NO Safe Area to Marshall BABIES and SMALL CHILDREN.
    This prosposal cannot be supported in this Street.

  5. Robyn & Ken Stafford commented

    This proposed development of a Child Care Facility in the small residential Dan Street cul-de-sac is not in the best interests of the residents of Dan Street.
    As Dan street residents for 40 years, we cannot stress enough how serious our concerns are about this proposed development and are perplexed how a two-day study can give a true, proper and accurate indication of the specific traffic flow patterns and challenges this cul-de-sac endures.
    Figure 6 of the Traffic and Parking Assessment depicting Dan Street and Burnett Street is definitely not what we witness and experience routinely daily.
    Our daughter lodged a complaint to Council on our behalf earlier this year citing the dangers residents face due to the repeated infringement of cars street parking on BOTH sides of Dan Street and within a ten-meter distance of the Dan Street/Burnett Street intersection.
    We also spoke to Member for Parramatta Ms Julie Owens about this and despite the fact that line marking has been applied to the street indicating an exclusion zone for parking, this has done nothing to eradicate this danger. Residents from Burnett Street and overflow parking from those using the tennis courts and amenities in Burnett Street, continue to park in Dan Street.
    The obvious risks and dangers are that one cannot safely enter or exit Dan Street when this practice occurs as entering traffic is faced with only a single lane and car width to travel up the street. As often happens, a car attempting to exit Dan Street is coming the opposite direction creating an impasse for the entering vehicle. This is extremely dangerous as in many instances, entering vehicles are required to break at the Dan Street corner entrance as no available space exists to pull over kerbside due to parked cars occupying the space. The resultant situation is one whereby a vehicle entering Dan Street may have half entered Dan Street yet have half of the vehicle overhanging the northbound Burnett Street laneway and thus representing a potential traffic hazard for the northbound traffic flow on Burnett street which is regular and frequent in volume. I have personally sighted northbound Burnett Street traffic faced with such an encroachment swerve partially and/or fully over the marked centre lines into the southbound Burnett lane to avoid the obstruction which is a highly dangerous practice not to mention illegal.
    Conversely, when vehicles are waiting to exit Dan Street onto Burnett Street, one risks being hit by other entering vehicles, again, as there is only a single car with/lane with to enter and exit. Sadly, Dan Street residents have become accustomed to this infringement but the greatest risk if for cars attempting to enter Dan Street who are unfamiliar with this practice occurring within the street. It is worth noting also that cars entering the street tend to do so at unacceptable speed due to the Burnett street speed limit and the volume and traffic that flows on that road being a main route to Parramatta and the M4 on ramp.
    Traffic builds up at busy times making exiting the street almost impossible.
    You may be aware that a fatality occurred July, 2017, on the corner of Dan & Burnett Streets, with Dan Street being closed offs ago for many hours whilst the emergency services conducted investigations and made safe the intersection.
    Noting the proposed use of the premises as a Child Care Facility within this cul-de-sac, it poses the obvious question of how children would be made safe entering a street where such a fatality has occurred and street parking is allowed to continue lest an emergency of this scale occur again?
    With many residents parking cars on Dan Street already, where will the overflow of car parking for the Child Care Facility park, especially on days when there is a function? It is worth noting that many of the Dan Street residents are tenants with many family members and vehicles that are parked on the street as the driveways cannot accommodate them.
    Physical construction of a Facility such as this in Dan Street would make any resident’s life extremely difficult. There is currently insufficient road width for passenger vehicles let alone large scale and oversized trucks and earth moving equipment to enter the street. It will make it extremely difficult for residents to access their properties.
    We compel the Council to consider the facts in respect of the proposal taking into full account the premises and Dan Street conditions as outlined to arrive at a logical and common-sense determination not to approve this application.
    As a rate payer, the peace of mind and safety of the residents needs to be considered particularly in light of the tragic loss of life that occurred on this corner.

    Ken & Robyn Stafford

  6. Kelvin Bensley commented

    I must express my concern with this development proposal with the ability for a small cul-de-sac street to be able to handle the increased amount of traffic that would be encountered with parents coming and going to drop of their children in a street that is already struggling with traffic in the mornings. It would also be even more of a challenge for the garbage trucks to get their trucks around the cul-de-sac when collecting the waste bins which is also a current problem for them.

  7. Brian Roughley commented

    I am writing as a owner of 19 Dan Street Merrylands and wish to express my objection to the DA for the childcare centre at 20 Dan Street Merrylands on the following grounds:

    • Dan Street is a quiet residential street ending in a cul-de-sac, with predominantly single story dwellings that would be totally overpowered by the scale of the proposed 53 place childcare centre consisting of two stories above underground car parking
    • Dan Street is a narrow street which reduces to a single lane of traffic when cars are parked on either side of the street. There is already traffic congestion at certain times of day, primarily morning and evening
    • the noise and air pollution caused by the extra traffic to the childcare centre both morning and evening will be excessive
    • human nature means that parents will not use the underground parking when they are able to double park to drop off their children, totally congesting the cul-de-sac. I know first hand what happens as I currently live next door to two child care centres in a street which is much more accommodating than Dan Street.
    • Burnett Street is a major through road during peak hours which makes it extremely difficult making a right-hand turn into Dan Street and making a right-hand turn from Dan Street into Burnett. There are already delays for residents entering or exiting Dan Street peak times which will be the only compounded by additional traffic
    • there has already been at least one fatal accident on the corner of Dan and Burnett Street
    Please consider the residents of Dan Street and reject this application
    Brian Roughley

  8. Rosa Ventra commented

    Cumberland Council​​​​​​

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Objection re Development Application DA2019/432/1 – 20 Dan Street, Merrylands

    I live at 17 Dan Street Merrylands (owner) and would like to lodge an objection to the DA for the childcare centre at 20 Dan Street Merrylands as following:

    1.​Over the years the number of cars using Dan Street and parking in the street
    has increased such that there are difficulties in parking and navigating the
    narrow street.
    2.​The increased traffic due to a 53 place childcare centre will become a serious
    traffic hazard affecting pedestrians and resident traffic alike, particularly as
    the street is not a through road and the cul-de-sac becomes congested with
    turning traffic.
    3.​This turning traffic will be made worse by the entry and exit to the childcare
    parking area under the building.
    4.​Dan street is so narrow that when cars are parked on either side of the road it
    becomes a single lane.
    5.​Peak time for drop-off and pick-up times of the childcare centre are bound to
    coincide with peak resident traffic morning and afternoon.
    6.​Currently Dan Street is mainly single storey dwellings while the proposed
    Childcare centre is in effect a three storey building when the underground
    parking is taken into account. This is a gross overdevelopment in a quite
    street, totally in violation of the present scale of development.
    7.​The amenity of the street will be significantly impacted by the increased noise
    and air pollution caused by excessive traffic.
    8.​Wait times to exit and enter Burnett Street at peak times are extensive. Either
    turning right into Dan Street from Burnett or turning right into Burnett Street
    from Dan Street can take 10-15 minutes at present. The increased traffic
    expected with the childcare centre could gridlock Dan Street. Such lengthy
    delays are unacceptable.
    9.​Burnett Street is a major road to and from Parramatta and for the use of the
    M4. As such it has continuous traffic in peak times. Serious safety issues have
    already been identified. A number of accidents have occurred at the corner
    of Dan and Burnett Streets including at least one fatality.
    Please consider the residents of Dan Street and reject this ill-conceived development. There must be other areas more suitable for a childcare centre.

    Yours faithfully,

    Rosa Ventra

  9. Jodie Skinner commented

    This application should certainly not proceed. I grew up in Dan Street and my parents still reside there after some 40 years. We are there several times a week and it is increasingly difficult getting in and out of the street as it is now. Dan St is a narrow cul de sac with one way in and one way out. It is already heavily congested. Introducing a 50+ spot day care centre would have major impact on not only the residents of Dan St but on the traffic flow on Burnett Street in both directions.

    As it is now, with cars parked on both sides of the road you constantly have to pull over to allow cars to continue up or down the street. Cars park at the end of Dan Street – right on the edge of Burnett Street (from residents as well as people parking from the tennis courts and football fields- I have previously made complaints via Snap/Send/Solve) - it is extremely dangerous turning in and out of Dan Street. I have had several near misses turning in and out of the street as cars coming the opposite way have nowhere to go, with cars parked on both sides and it is a matter of time before there is a major accident. There has previously been fatalities on the corner of Dan and Burnett Street so council should be well aware of the dangers.

    It often can take several minutes to turn right out of Dan Street – or right into Dan Street from Burnett. This means the cars bank up behind you. Please stop and think what would happen if you allowed this to proceed. You could have traffic backed up to Hilltop Road!

    Often it is extremely difficult to get in in and out of your own driveway – again introducing more traffic into an already heavily congested spot makes no logical sense.

    Where would all the parents park? What happens when the daycare hosts the many functions( Easter/Xmas/ Mothers Day/Fathers Day etc) that occur throughout the year – both parents/grandparents arrive in separate cars. You are now talking about 100-150 cars…trying to park in an already overcrowded narrow residential street with only one way in and out, with only room for 1 car to proceed up or down the street at any one time.

    This is certainly not in the best interests of the residents of Dan Street - I urge council to deny this application.

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