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55 Mahoney Drive, Campbelltown NSW 2560

Construction of a 22 room 2 storey boarding house and basement carpark

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website over 1 year ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: Campbelltown City Council, reference 3714/2019/DA-BH)

29 Comments

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  1. Kaushik commented

    Hi,

    As the residents of the Macarthur Heights area, we request you not to go ahead with this developments.

    This is contrary to the development plan for the precinct. This will drastically impact the livelihood and standard of the area.

    Kindly consider this request with seriousness.

  2. Mohammad Alauddin commented

    22 boarding house for 36 occupants, 9 parking (including 2 disable) will have serious parking issues around the area.

    - Most of the houses here grannt flats, street already in full capacity. Where other occupants will park their cars?

    - Didn't comply to accommodate 26 Bins including 8 recycle.

    - Boarding houses offer temporary budget accommodation for residents with little or no regard to neighbours and their properties due to their temporary position in the community.

    Many more...

    Council should not let this development to approve.

  3. Neil Bhattarai commented

    I want to bring to your attention that Campbelltown Council is in process of approving 22 bedroom  boarding house at 55 Mahoney Drive, Campbelltown.

    We want to strongly object these type of development in this area.
    1. Unsuitable location : This development is very far from public transport. It does not comply with  Either 400 metres from regular bus stop or 800 metres from Train station rule. This site and campbelltown suburb in general is not suitable for affordable housing and boarding houses. It would be better to have those developments near Sydney city to support disadvantaged people not more than 50kms from major amneties and employment. Not more that 10% of local residents are employed nearby which will be more difficult for disadvantaged prople to get employed here creating a permanent barrier for disadvantaged people to move ahead in life.

    2. Intention of Development: Landcom has advertised this as premium development and asked for premium price. There was no mention of affordable housing. Now we have paid at least 100k premium to buy in this development. If council approrove this project this would be against the character of this development. If they approve it just for the sake of more than 200k fees its disregarding the intention of boarding house law and residents living in the suburb.

    3. Uncharacteristic of Development: Macarthur Heights was designed single household dwellings with few granny flats. Landcom realised this development will be good opportunity for Cash-grab so subdivided properties to be more than 1200 rather than 850 intended. Building boarding house would be totally uncharacteristic of this development now and at least for 20 more years.

    4. Crime: Because of remote location far from public transport, this development would be real demotivating for the residents to persue employment which results increase in crimes. Police already accepted increased crime in this development. Council recommending to approve is comple disregard and abuse of law and the very resident tax payer they need to represent.

    5. Fire: as it is attached to firetrail its an accident in waiting if we allowed boarding house with 36 temporary residents and more visitors. It would be asking for fire desaster for Macarthur Heights.

    It does not comply with many other points if reviewed properly such as waste management and many more.
    To approve this development will be a major offense to the current residents of Macarthur Heights and to disregard and abuse of intention of NSW boarding house law.

    I again strictly oppose this development and ask you to use the full force to intervene and reject this development by listening to the resident taxpayers you meant to represent.

  4. Justin commented

    I am writing to give my concern to Campbelltown Council is in regards to development of 22 bedroom boarding house at 55 Mahoney Drive, Campbelltown.

    We want to strongly object these type of development in this area.

    1. Unsuitable location : This development is very far from public transport. It does not comply with Either 400 metres from regular bus stop or 800 metres from Train station rule. This site and Campbelltown suburb in general is not suitable for affordable housing and boarding houses.

    2. Intention of Development: Landcom has advertised this as premium development and asked for premium price. There was no mention of affordable housing. Now we have paid at least 100k premium to buy in this development. If council approve this project this would be against the character of this development. I believe the only motivation for council to approve is the contribution that the builder will be submitted to the council.

    3. Uncharacteristic of Development: Macarthur Heights was designed single household dwellings with few granny flats. Landcom realised this development will be good opportunity for Cash-grab so subdivided properties to be more than 1200 rather than 850 intended. Building boarding house would be totally uncharacteristic of this development now and at least for 20 more years.

    4. Crime: Increase of crime will be seriously need to be consider as the current residence in the complex consist young family. Further, Police report already shown increased crime in this development.

    5. Fire: as it is attached to fire trail its an accident in waiting if we allowed boarding house with 36 temporary residents and more visitors. It would be asking for fire disaster for Macarthur Heights.

    It also not to mentioned about the use of illegal parking, waste management and many more.

    The application also did not comply to the boarding house rule set by the act

    I would like the Campbelltown council to take the resident concern seriously as we would like Macarthur Height will be a good place to live

  5. Ojas commented

    Same points Justin has mentioned above. please let's have some logical thinking and let common sense prevail

  6. Nazmun Nahar commented

    I have young childs, extremely worried about their safety specially crime, noise, parking will bring by this development. Please use common sense and STOP this development.

  7. Hasan Pradhan commented

    We are against to build 22 bedrooms boarding house at 55 Mahoney drive. Campbelltown. It will create problem for the residents, such as parking, noise, theft,

  8. Morsheda Khan commented

    I have moved to Macarthur Heights for better location as my previous location was not good because of noise and disturbance of few stupids residents, do i need to move again for better location? In 22 bedrooms boarding house, will live only few people but will create problems for thousands of residents. One stupid resident can give headache to one hundred good residents, if council give permission to make a hole for the snakes, one day they will spread their poison to the residents,and council will receive unlimited complains from the residents. They will create problems for parking, noise, crime, theft, unsafely roads for residents in case of bush fire, women and children will be unsafe for going out from home at night.

  9. Vishal commented

    I would like to bring to your notice that I am opposing the development of a boarding house in MacArthur heights due to the following reasons :

    1. Lack of public transport. As per the Sepp 2009 factsheet, it is required to be within 800m of a train station/400m from a bus stop. I do understand council doesn't need to go through Sepp requirements, but it is common sense point as there will be an expectation for boarding house residents to have a car, which may beat the purpose of low cost/affordable housing .

    2. an already congested MacArthur heights to be more congested as most of the boarding house residents will require their own transport.

    3. This will de-value the area as future residents may think twice before buying, in what we believe is a premium suburb of campbelltown. I honestly don't understand why MacArthur heights is suitable for a boarding house. It's out of character to chose this area.
    4. It is often seen that boarding houses are occupied by people with a different demographic , and this will increase the crime rates , noise and drug/alcohol use. We are already facing a crime issue , and this certainly aggravate the situation.
    5. Boarding houses need to be located close to police stations, essential services and high density areas , a premium housing area like MacArthur heights doesn't feel appropriate.

    And as others have mentioned, I do feel a lack of common sense to allow a boarding house in MacArthur heights.

    Thanks and regards,
    Concerned MacArthur heights resident

  10. Ehsan commented

    Macarthur height is a premium estate in Campbelltown LGA. The current complaints from the existing boarding houses under the council should be a fair indication of the troubles and issues that will be faced by the residents of this estate if the boarding house is developed.

    Please consider the characteristics of the estate before allowing for the boarding house. More than 90% of the houses are and will be owner occupied. You can never expect the same level of commitment from the temporary residents of a boarding house. I have lived in areas where affordable housing was established and experienced it 1st hand the anti social behaviours of the boarding house residents which included drug abuse, theft and domestic violence.

    I and my family feel very insecured just because of the idea of the boarding house and strongly request to not support the establishment of this boarding house in our estate.

  11. Md Abdus Sukur khan commented

    Please don’t allow and approve multi dwelling in one land

  12. Mustaq Pradhan commented

    Building of 22 bedroom Boarding House on 55 Mahoney Drive, Campbelltown will be very detrimental to the quality of living of the neighbourhood and as a conscious resident of the area I am strongly against this type of development in a family oriented residential area.

    There are thousands of reasons for which there should not be any approval for a boarding house. I am citing few.

    1. In the section 17.2 of Campbelltown (Sustainable City) Development Control Plan 2015 Amendment No 8 one of the objectives says "Ensure that boarding houses do not adversely impact on the residential amenity of adjoining residents". I am anxious this construction will impact parking, noise level, movement of children in this peaceful family oriented neighbourhood.

    2. Section 17.2.1 (f) of Campbelltown (Sustainable City) Development Control Plan 2015 Amendment No 8 - "Boarding houses within local, neighbourhood centres and mixed use areas are not permitted to be located at the ground floor level." Will the boarding house rooms will be only on level 1? what will be there on ground floor? I am requesting a plan of the development.

    3. Section 17.2.2 (a) of Campbelltown (Sustainable City) Development Control Plan 2015 Amendment No 8 - "The design of new purpose built buildings (including facade
    treatments, building massing, roof design and entrance features, setbacks and landscaping) shall complement the scale of the surrounding development, and the desired character of the locality". I have doubt that the locality do not have any other 22 bedroom dueling to match up with the said development, occupancy ratio, FSR, etc.

    Considering these and many other disadvantage this development will cause to the residents I request the authority to consider the development as non-sustainable which is contrary to the policies of the Campbelltown City Council.

  13. Shajeda Begum commented

    Hi Manager
    I am going to provide my opinion to this development , due to long time bad impact in the community
    Regards
    Shajeda Begum

  14. Hugo pacheco commented

    I am against this development due the following reasons:

    -Increased traffic on a very narrow road.
    -Change of character of our community. We are seeing an increase in crime and this type of development may add to the problem
    -People living in a boarding house are usually temporary residents with no intention to stay and make a positive contribution the the community. They are passing by while something else happens. This lack of attachment/care for the community brings a different attitude and and possible anti-social actions to this family friendly community that is trying to build strong bonds with all neighbours. I care for my community like many of my neighbours do and don't want this type of development that will degrade our community network.
    -This development will bring more conflict to our area: from parking disputes to antisocial behaviour.
    -Not one positive outlook from this development hence I and our community reject this development.

    Kind regards

  15. Anitesh Kumar commented

    I would like to strongly disapprove this development for following reasons.

    1. Too many occupants in one house will have parking issues. Friends of the 36 people would park on the streets and that would cause congestion. Many houses here already have granny flats.

    2. Right now the area is very quiet. After this house it will be filled with young people and it will get noisy for families. It will be hard to sleep at night.

    3. The amount of young people and their friends will increase the rubbish, alcohol use in the area.

    4. The area is family friendly for kids. With young adults staying in the boarding house would increase violence as well and not a good recipe for young kids to be around.

    This boarding house should be made elsewhere not where family houses should be. Please stop this development and do not let it go ahead.

    Kind regards

  16. Muhammad commented

    Boarding house should not be built in this quiet residential area where residents are enjoying a safe, clean and peacefull neighbourhood.

    Boarding houses will make this area unsafe, also it will increase traffic and violence.

    The profile of the boarding house resident is likely to be male (75%), over the age of 40 (64%), living in a single person household (90.8%) and dependent on either Newstart (52.7%) or the Disability Support Pension (31.2%) as their main source of income.
    10 Roughly 20% of the residents had been homeless prior to obtaining rooms in a boarding house , with a further 15% of residents coming from a correctional facility prior to taking up residence in a boarding house. Many residents have a mental health diagnosis (64.2%).

    So, I strongly oppose about this boarding house development in this area.

  17. Md Musabberul Huq commented

    I need to get some answers from The Local Planning Panel (LPP). The Panel noted that the proposed development is 2.3 kms from the Macarthur Train Station.
    LPP respects the “Clause 27 - Development to which Division applies” under State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 and apply deductive reasoning to determine “As the subject site is within the R3 zone (and not the R2 zone), the development proposal is not required to be located within an ‘accessible area’ as defined by the SEPP.” And on the other hand, THE SAME PANEL ignored the fact when it is clearly stated about the Clause 30A: Character of local area under the SAME POLICY.
    “A consent authority must not consent to development to which this Division applies unless it has taken into consideration whether the design of the development is compatible with the character of the local area.”
    • Public outrage: SIXTY-FOUR (64) submission/objection being received including 1 petition with 20 signatures on it during and outside the exhibition period. Now we have established our Local Community Group (over 200 registered members), people are more aware and vocal against this DA.
    • Officer’s comment about Aligning with future character is laughable. The huge affordable boarding house will be built alongside quite single/double household with 4-5 bedroom in small size properties for Thirty-Six (36) people. If 22 and 4-5 are similar we all must relearn our basic math.
    • A boarding house (commercial building) within a peaceful, in family friendly neighbourhood with many young families with young children does not match any character.
    • Boarding houses offer temporary budget accommodation for residents with little or no regard to neighbours and their properties due to their temporary position in the community.
    • We cannot ignore the Economic loss of the homeowners at Macarthur Heights: Look at the price of land in Newbrook Airds, Hillcroft Claymore and Macarthur Heights until now. They are quite similar suburbs only difference being affordable housing and crime. Why do you think the prices are so low in Claymore and Airds. Most of the residents paid the premium price here because of affordable housing and high rate of crime in Airds, Claymore, and other suburbs with affordable housing.
    • Existing residents are in single or double household max not boarding houses of 36 residents. Think about 20 more cars on the narrow street without safe visibility of oncoming vehicles.
    • Police agreed in their report that the crime will increase in this development in. They suggested recommendations to reduce crime.
    • WASTE MANAGEMENT which DIDN’T COMPLY to accommodate 26 Bins including 8 recycle.
    • A boarding house development shall be set back a minimum of: i) 5.5 m from the primary street boundary; The proposed development didn’t meet the minimum requirement. vii) 6.5 m from the rear boundary for all levels above ground level within land zoned R3 under the CLEP didn’t meet the minimum requirement.
    • Also, the northeastern and northwestern property boundaries adjoin the fire trail. Smoking prohibited in the building, but do we expect people to quit smoking or SMOKE OUTSIDE THE HOUSE and toss butts in the bush adjoining property.

  18. Dilip Srivastava commented

    Don't spoil this beautiful neighbourhood. I have moved to Macarthur Heights to avoid noise and disturbance. It has a really beautiful surrounded by nature, walkways, and neighbourhood.

    In 22 bedrooms boarding house, will create problems for parking, noise, crime, theft, unsafely roads for residents in case of bush fire, women and children will be unsafe for going out from home at night.

    Not a good option to build this type of boarding house within Macarthur Heights area, rather build this one to any of university vacant land.

  19. Reza Raihan commented

    I am strongly oppose building boarding house in our nice and peaceful residential area. Council have to stop this considering our demands about our area.
    Please don’t make our area unsafe.

  20. Abu said Mahmood commented

    This place is not a Business purpose. We all came here to live very peace fully. We don't want this place as a commercial area. We already facing lots of problem here. So we strongly protest against 22 Bedroom Boarding House at 55 Malone Drive, Campbelltown Nsw 2560.

  21. Noz Safa commented

    I am writing to give my concern to Campbelltown Council is in regards to the development of 22 bedroom boarding house at 55 Mahoney Drive, Campbelltown.

    We want to strongly object this type of development in this area.

  22. Morium Pradhan commented

    I am strongly opposing this development. This will ruin our intended lifestyle here. By no means a commercial hotel style boarding house go with the character of this quiet residential neighbourhood where family units spend their life savings to build to live peacefully with children.

    Please consider us - we are the proud residents of Campbelltown, we also share the pride of this city.

  23. Paul Ng commented

    The traffic would be of major concern, it is not fair for the boarding house resident to stay in remote area without public transport as well.

  24. Sheikh commented

    As a resident of Macarthur height I strongly oppose the development of a 22 bedroom boarding house at 55 Mahoney Dr Campbelltown, as this location is within 100m off my house. The reasons are below-
    1) Not suitable location: Macarthur Height area is classified as restricted area for numbers of resident in Campbelltown Council LEP. It means the total number of residential houses are restricted. If a 22 bedroom house with 36 occupants are built in a small piece of land, it will be equivalent to 4-5 houses. In current arrangement each existing houses have a maximum average household number of 4 people. It is nowhere comparable between 4 and 36 occupant per single lot.
    2)Traffic and Parking: The actual location for the development is not within walkable distance of any public transport, which means at any time it will have 36 vehicles to be parked on a narrow street. This will increase the risk of traffic incident and parking issues.
    3)Children safety: Researches shows that crime increases within proximity of this type of development. It means our young children and female members will never feel safe if this go ahead.
    4)Environmental and biodiversity Impact: The proposed development is so close to a bush trail where is a prominent biodiversity environment. Excavating a huge area for basement level will ruin the environment. The proposed development will not match with the surrounding developments which are mostly small houses, that means it will be an eyesore to locals.
    5)Noise and pollutions by the occupants of proposed development.
    6)Economical loss: Research shows that property value decreases substantially near a boarding house. If this gets built the current owner will be disadvantaged by devaluating the property value in this vicinity. Macarthur Height lands were sold at premium price by Landcom, and Campbelltown Council adopted and separate DCP previously for this area only.
    7)Campbelltown council had rejected a similar type of development proposal for boarding house at Stage 1 based on community opposition, why not this one.
    8)If council allow this 'cancer' in a peaceful neighborhood, it will be a bad precedent for others, and other developer may be interested to build more similar development.
    9)Research shows this type of development will cause more complaint for various matters to council and police authority, which will be a waste of valuable resource.
    10)Most houses in Macarthur Height has separate granny flats and they are being rented in affordable rate, on average less than $150 a room. If council does a statistic in this area, it will find that this area already has fulfilled the affordable housing quota, and no need for a boarding house which is not in line with the surrounding development.
    11)One supervisor can not control 36 occupants, it is not realistic.

    I wish Campbelltown Council will take the public outrage seriously, and take necessary steps to STOP the not-suitable development of the Boarding House at its proposed location.

  25. Reza Raihan commented

    I am strongly oppose building boarding house in our nice and peaceful residential area. Council have to stop this considering our demands about our area.
    Please don’t make our area unsafe.

  26. James Crane commented

    I strongly oppose this construction. Our street is narrow enough now, and at times lucky to get one car width through, this development on a corner will just make driving in our street more dangerous. Also with the added traffic and people, it will inherently be more dangerous for all the young children in the street, who play in their front yards. The area has enough duplexes, and granny flats, which has already led to over crowded streets!

  27. Peter Roxby commented

    While I understand Council must follow legislation on these types of applications, common sense and the greater good of all local residence should always be the main criteria.
    I object to the proposal to build a boarding house at 55 Mahoney Street Campbelltown on the following grounds.
    MacArthur Heights is already struggling to cope with the number of vehicles parked on the street because of the large number of duplex, granny flats and large house with multiple cars that have been built here. Building boarding houses into the mix will make it even more difficult to manage.
    The streets are not wide enough to cope with all these cars which makes it difficult for garbage trucks and the likes to manoeuvre along the streets.
    Like medium density, high density housing and social housing, boarding houses need to be located close to public transport, shopping centres and other infrastructure to provide maximum benefit to their residents. 55 Mahoney street is not near any such infrastructure.
    There is no local bus service in MacArthur Heights with no indication from the NSW Government that we are likely to get one anytime soon.
    I doubt whether Campbelltown Council has the resources to police these boarding houses for compliance which will force Council to direct resources from other valuable areas.
    Building a boarding house in what is clearly not a suitable location, is only a recipe for problems which will overwhelm residents, Council and Police.
    Use your common sense and think of the residents first that’s what your there for.

  28. Railesh Kumar commented

    I object to the proposal to build a boarding house at 55 Mahoney Street Campbelltown on the following grounds.

    MacArthur Heights is already struggling to cope with the number of vehicles parked on the street because of the large number of granny flats / duplexes and large houses with multiple cars that have been built.

    Also there is a lack of public transport. As per the Sepp 2009 factsheet, a boarding hpouse is required to be within 800m of a train station/400m from a bus stop. This criteria has not been met. I do understand council doesn't need to go through Sepp requirements, but it is common sense point as there will be an expectation for boarding house residents to have a car, which may beat the purpose of low cost/affordable housing . Also the cars and additional parking requirementsa for the residents and guests will also impact the local residents which this development is not supposed to do.

    Also the issue of garbage bins and access for clearance of those bins, it seems like that the developer has understated the bin requirments.

  29. Md Huq commented

    I need to get some answers from The Local Planning Panel (LPP).

    I do understand that
    - The Panel noted that the proposed development is 2.3 kms from the Macarthur Train Station.
    - LPP respects the “Clause 27 - Development to which Division applies” under State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 and apply deductive reasoning to determine “As the subject site is within the R3 zone (and not the R2 zone), the development proposal is not required to be located within an ‘accessible area’ as defined by the SEPP.”
    However,
    - THE SAME PANEL ignored the fact when it is clearly stated about the Clause 30A: Character of local area under the SAME POLICY. “A consent authority must not consent to development to which this Division applies unless it has taken into consideration whether the design of the development is compatible with the character of the local area.”
    - The huge affordable boarding house(commercial building) will be built alongside quite smaller single/double household in the neighbourhood doesn't match the design and character.
    - - Could you please let me know which other house has a basement carpark in the neighbourhood?
    - - Could you please let me know how many houses have over 8 bedrooms?
    - A boarding house (commercial building) within a peaceful, in family friendly neighbourhood with many young families with young children does not match the character or environment.
    - Officer's recommendation for Bin (Waste management) is future solution subject to approval from Local Traffic Committee, what if they disapprove this proposal?
    - Could you please answer to my questions? why one rule (clause 27) applies, but other rule (Clause 30A) got ignored?

    Kind regards,

    Md Huq

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