241 Blacktown Road Blacktown NSW 2148

Construction of a new 2 storey boarding house and carpark with ancillary works.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 30 days ago. It was received by them 12 days earlier.

(Source: Blacktown City Council, reference DA-21-01751)

14 Comments

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  1. Lynda Macfarlane commented

    These three properties back onto my property, building a two story house and car park for 5 vehicles will increase noise, block sunlight and take away privacy for myself and two children within our back yard, alfresco and the children's bathrooms large window overlooks these properties and would cause discomfort whilst bathing. There are a lot of large trees that the local wildlife live in including magpies, lorikeets, king fishers, cockatoos and this will be terrible to lose. I have lived here for 19 years and it has been a quiet cul-de-sac and would hate this street to be used as a parking station for visitors. As it being used as a boarding house this also causes concern for our safety, there are many children within the area who walk past for school and preschool and use the cul-de-sac for playing and bike riding. Lastly I see this type of development within this quiet area does not fit the communities best interest and I note this will dramatically reduce the value of my home and property.

  2. RK commented

    Below are our sincere concerns that we wish to bring to the notice of the Mayor, Councillor and Heads of Planning at Blacktown Council regarding a two-storey Boarding house in a serene residential area:
    a. Serious risk to school children arising out of potential occupants and traffic too.
    b. Congestion impacted neighbouring properties and increased pressure on local infrastructure.
    c. Boarding houses where possible shouldn’t be allowed to be built in residential streets that cannot cope with the imminent issues these types of developments can bring to the community.
    d. Boarding houses are not compatible with the existing or desired future character of the local area.
    e. Building such bulk and scale boarding houses, overlooking of neighbours and privacy, solar access, neighbourhood character, streetscape amenity, landscape design, and parking and traffic impacts.
    f. May pose a “potentially serious risk to school children, families walking through and bystanders in the bus stops, arising out of such boarding houses. There are 2 established Child Care Centres, 1 Primary school and 1 High school in the close vicinity of the address for the proposed development.
    g. Heavily concerned about the potential effect on property values, impact on the lifestyle, and the character of the area.
    h. Neighbours who are close-knit and to see children talking to and associating with such new faces, “This aspect of trust will have to be seriously debated/questioned if the boarding house development proceeds.
    i. Nobody can guarantee the people who will stay in such accommodation, they might be mainly transient people of varied life experiences, some possibly of a conflicted nature.
    j. Potential temperaments of prospective tenants of the boarding houses.
    k. Who can ensure that the concerns of residents are made known and mitigated where possible security background checks within tenancy databases are stringently enforced and monitored?
    l. It would be wise for the Council to concentrate on the existing infrastructure backlog of the electorate to be cleared before approving such community disruptive boarding houses.
    m. As a fair practice, Council should be appointing independent assessors in consultation with the community for such disruptive proposed developments which compromise the safety and security of the locals in the area.
    We greatly appreciate the Council's support and kind understanding of the above concerns.

  3. Don commented

    Blacktown Council needs to be transparent about how many of these boarding houses are being approved for greedy developers. It’s unlikely that adequate parking would be provided for the tenants hence why as residents we are worried. Boarding homes should not start being the norm. Suddenly we are seeing average sized blocks where 1 family resides turn into a boarding house where 12 people reside, with 12 cars. How is a boarding home managed. We all need to hold Blacktown council accountable for the sudden shift in approving boarding houses.

  4. Judy commented

    I have written a comment on 245 Blacktown Road, Blacktown as it is for the dwelling of 241, 243 and 245 Blacktown Road, proposed of a boarding house.
    I also have the same views for 227 Blacktown Road, Blacktown on sighting an application for another boarding house.
    Please read the comment noted on 245 Blacktown Road.
    I’m quite concerned for our community with these proposals of boarding houses.

  5. Kate commented

    Below are my sincere concerns that i wish to bring to the notice of the Mayor, Councillor and Heads of Planning at Blacktown Council regarding a two-storey Boarding house in a serene residential area.
    These properties are overlooking onto my property. I have lived in this quiet culde-sac for the past 3 yrs, with my parents living around the corner for 20yrs.
    I moved here due to peace, quiet and safety for my 4yr son.
    This development brings safety issues due to being a boarding house, numerous visitors, high amount of traffic where my child and other children play and ride their bikes etc. This is not a great example for children. It will frighten them to see these kind of people in a residential, family friendly community.
    This development also will destroy numerous specious of wildlife as large trees would be removed if this development goes through.
    Our privacy and comfort will be destroyed as well as feeling safe in your own house and backyard where children play.
    The value of properties will suffer significantly. This is not the place to build this kind of development especially when this is a safe family residential area, with two childcare centres near by, primary and high schools as well. Children should not be subjected to this. We also have a large ageing and retiring community and their safety is at risk as well. Most of the neighbours know each other as we have lived here for many years. Strong relationships have been built and this will be destroyed.
    Safety of our children should not be put at risk.
    I am against this development. I hope Council can see what it would do to our community and rejects this development.

  6. Marina commented

    I have lived in my property of a quiet street for over 20yrs near to the culder-sac street. I have enjoyed living here as its very Family Orientated and friendly. Ny children grew up playing on the quiet streets. I regularly catch a bus and use public transport on a regular basis but will definitely feel unsafe walking there if the board house will be developed due to its occupants.
    I also look after my 3 grandchildren, who attend the childcare center as well as the primary school. My grandkids play all the time with other neighbours kids on our streets, as to date they have been safe and quiet. All neighbours know each other and have known each other for many years. This development brings uncertainty of safety as well as new faces with their own issues and difficulties. It will bring discomfort, no security and the crime rate could go up.
    This development is not right for our residential area where families are raising their children and retired occupants trying to get rest and enjoyment of their properties.
    This development will certainly devalue our properties that we worked very hard for many years.
    I hope Council listens to all of the concerns and reconsiders this development going forward.
    I am against it.

  7. RK commented

    Concerns with Boarding House development - 227, 241, 243, and 245 Blacktown Road Seven Hills.
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    Below are our sincere concerns that we wish to bring to the notice of the Mayor, Councillor and Heads of Planning at Blacktown Council regarding a two-storey Boarding house in a serene residential area:
    a. Serious risk to school children arising out of potential occupants and traffic too.
    b. Congestion impacted neighbouring properties and increased pressure on local infrastructure.
    c. Boarding houses where possible shouldn’t be allowed to be built in residential streets that cannot cope with the imminent issues these types of developments can bring to the community.
    d. Boarding houses are not compatible with the existing or desired future character of the local area.
    e. Building such bulk and scale boarding houses, overlooking of neighbours and privacy, solar access, neighbourhood character, streetscape amenity, landscape design, and parking and traffic impacts.
    f. May pose a “potentially serious risk to school children, families walking through and bystanders in the bus stops, arising out of such boarding houses. There are 2 established Child Care Centres, 1 Primary school and 1 High school in the close vicinity of the address for the proposed development.
    g. Heavily concerned about the potential effect on property values, impact on the lifestyle, and the character of the area.
    h. Neighbours who are close-knit and to see children talking to and associating with such new faces, “This aspect of trust will have to be seriously debated/questioned if the boarding house development proceeds.
    i. Nobody can guarantee the people who will stay in such accommodation, they might be mainly transient people of varied life experiences, some possibly of a conflicted nature.
    j. Potential temperaments of prospective tenants of the boarding houses.
    k. Who can ensure that the concerns of residents are made known and mitigated where possible security background checks within tenancy databases are stringently enforced and monitored?
    l. It would be wise for the Council to concentrate on the existing infrastructure backlog of the electorate to be cleared before approving such community disruptive boarding houses.
    m. As a fair practice, Council should be appointing independent assessors in consultation with the community for such disruptive proposed developments which compromise the safety and security of the locals in the area.
    We greatly appreciate the Council's support and kind understanding of the above concerns.

  8. Kathy commented

    Why would it even be considered to build boarding houses in this area ,2 child minding centres ,a primary and high school,also neighbours who have lived in this area for a very long time,
    I also believe a boarding house is in the pipeline for Seven Hills only about 70metres from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and Church,most boarding houses are occupied by single men which is of great concern, considering the number a children and elderly residents in the surrounding streets.
    We would appreciate for council not to go ahead with any of these submissions

  9. Kate commented

    Below are my sincere concerns that i wish to bring to the notice of the Mayor, Councillor and Heads of Planning at Blacktown Council regarding a two-storey Boarding house in a serene residential area.
    These properties are overlooking onto my property. I have lived in this quiet culde-sac for the past 3 yrs, with my parents living around the corner for 20yrs.
    I moved here due to peace, quiet and safety for my 4yr son.
    This development brings safety issues due to being a boarding house, numerous visitors, high amount of traffic where my child and other children play and ride their bikes etc. This is not a great example for children. It will frighten them to see these kind of people in a residential, family friendly community.
    This development also will destroy numerous specious of wildlife as large trees would be removed if this development goes through.
    Our privacy and comfort will be destroyed as well as feeling safe in your own house and backyard where children play.
    The value of properties will suffer significantly. This is not the place to build this kind of development especially when this is a safe family residential area, with two childcare centres near by, primary and high schools as well. Children should not be subjected to this. We also have a large ageing and retiring community and their safety is at risk as well. Most of the neighbours know each other as we have lived here for many years. Strong relationships have been built and this will be destroyed.
    Safety of our children should not be put at risk.
    I am against this development. I hope Council can see what it would do to our community and rejects this development.

  10. Marina commented

    I have lived in my property of a quiet street for over 20yrs near to the culder-sac street. I have enjoyed living here as its very Family Orientated and friendly. Ny children grew up playing on the quiet streets. I regularly catch a bus and use public transport on a regular basis but will definitely feel unsafe walking there if the board house will be developed due to its occupants.
    I also look after my 3 grandchildren, who attend the childcare center as well as the primary school. My grandkids play all the time with other neighbours kids on our streets, as to date they have been safe and quiet. All neighbours know each other and have known each other for many years. This development brings uncertainty of safety as well as new faces with their own issues and difficulties. It will bring discomfort, no security and the crime rate could go up.
    This development is not right for our residential area where families are raising their children and retired occupants trying to get rest and enjoyment of their properties.
    This development will certainly devalue our properties that we worked very hard for many years.
    I hope Council listens to all of the concerns and reconsiders this development going forward.
    I am against it.

  11. Francis Sammut commented

    I have lived in the adjacent area since 1980 and also agree with the residents concerns about crowded living; car parking; noise; safety; enviromental damage etc etc......so I will add a different response that is also against this DA..
    DA application by its nature should be an improvement but I read on the application that the estimated cost of the demolition of 3 existing houses (probably over 50yo are full of asbestos) and the building of 2 story buildings (with little parking?) that this DA has an estimated cost of $440k suggests strongly that this would highly likely mean that structures proposed would definitely be of sub-standard! both in quality and looks! I would like to comment further but I cannot find the detailed drawing that I can review at this time.
    I am against this proposal.

  12. Kiri Valsamis commented

    Hi Francis
    I have contacted Blacktown City Council (BCC) and spoke to Sammy who is the Town Planner assigned to this DA Application.
    I too, was concerned about the estimated cost which is quite low; and the lack of drawings available to review.
    She stated that the DA is received but is yet to be NOTIFIED (this is going to be a steep learning curve for the town planning process and terminology).
    In about 1-2 weeks it will be On Notification and available for PUBLIC EXHIBITION. This is a short 14 days.
    I have looked at past work by the Application, online. I recommend this type of review.
    I also suggest a call to BCC and have a discussion about this process, important dates and any other concerns.
    Neighbours might also look at NSW Government information about Boarding Houses - registration requirements, clients etc.
    Overall, it’s best to be well informed about all aspects of this matter.
    https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/strata-and-community-living/boarding-houses

  13. Kiri commented

    With any Notification of a DA - residents (neighbours and others), may respond by lodging an OBJECTION or support.
    BCC will consider the responses of the PUBLIC particularly, OBJECTIONS.
    BCC will be concerned about valid and justified statements and arguments.
    This is an R2 zone area meaning that it is residential.
    NSW Legislation will come into effect late 2021- early 2022 that will not permit a boarding house to be built in a residential area however, as this DA is already in “play” it will not be subject to the new legislation.
    A high number of submissions may take this to a Blacktown Planning Panel however, the DA applicant may appeal to the Land and Environment Court.
    Sami Ahngari is the Blacktown City Town Planner currently assigned to assessing this DA. Her responsibility includes ensuring that the CONTROLS (legislated constraints for the construction, noise, overshadowing etc), are properly stated.
    Enforcement of controls is up to BCC and the Public may notify BCC should they have any concerns regarding the Developer/Builder adhering to them.

    It is clear that residents are not experts in this arena (or “space” as they say).
    It is understandable then, that justifying concerns about amenity - car spaces, traffic congestion, overshadowing, or noise etc will not provide supported technical reports or references to similar cases.

    What is being installed in this location of substantial residential occupancy, is a BUSINESS which will operate next door to family homes, near schools and parks.

    This Developer/Builder will not have any influence on the number of individuals or groups staying at the property nor will the Developer/Builder control frequency of movement within the establishment for both residents or visitors.

    The neighbourhood will be relied upon to report issues of concern to the appropriate Authorities eg BCC, Police, Fire, Services for NSW etc.

    The fact that new legislation is planned to recognise the discourse between BUSINESSES operating in RESIDENTIAL locations is not applicable at this time but it may need to be conveyed to BCC.

    Unfortunately, it seems that the horse has already bolted. That does not negate Public comments to be put forward.

    In my view, this is an idyllic location in Blacktown due to it’s accessibility to main road links, family focused amenities such as a range of schools Primary and Secondary, Public and Private, childcare, entertainment, shopping, sports and parklands. And this accounts for the majority concentration of the long established family homes.

    There are other locations such as around the CBD of Blacktown, where a BUSINESS such as this proposed boardinghouse may be MOST successful as it will be located within walking distance of social services and other associated commercial providers.

    Neighbours may experience substantial property value losses, that may be supported by Real Estate professionals, should this DA proceed, which is an undue burden for affected Property Owners.

  14. Michael Beattie commented

    My wife and I are Home Owners for past 40 years, less than 100m from this proposed development, I as yet haven't formed any opinion on construction of said Boarding House due to lack of details.
    My neighbour informed me on the 12th that DA Approval had been requested on the 5th. My understanding is that you have to lodge objection within 14 days.
    I E-Mailed BCC yesterday, 14th and requested a 21 days extension to submit a submission.
    We really have no idea of height, stormwater management, heritage impact, arborist report, or seen a traffic impact statement or acoustic report amongst other things. I feel we all have a right to object solely on the basis of lack of information.
    Michael & Venetta Beattie

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