2-6 Chatham Rd West Ryde NSW 2114

Demolition of the existing commercial buildings and construction of a shop top housing development comprising 5 retail premises and 62 dwellings over 2 levels of basement car parking.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 20 days ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: City of Ryde, reference LDA2022/0278)

11 Comments

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  1. Barry Shirley commented

    This over sized 7 plus storey building is the result of a closed council meeting where the agenda to discuss this was moved to the next day with no public viewing. The building is on a 1900 m2 block butting up to residential houses. There were over 60 written objections from neighbours and commercial property owners. These were all ignored despite the mayor and our local State member supposedly supporting the residents. Don't ever count on politicians to help you! There will be major traffic problems with cars exiting into Dickson Lane which was only ever intended to be a service lane for shops facing Victoria Road. Over shadowing, loss of sunlight and privacy issues were totally ignored by council at the time. The property was sold and now a new developer wants to put this application through. People of West Ryde will now see their village atmosphere totally destroyed with the start of these ridiculous over developments to satisfy profit over common sense. Don't think it won't happen to you if you live close to the railway hub.

  2. David James commented

    The roundabouts at this spot in Chatham Road are at present dangerous and poorly understood by drivers. Saturday mornings are a nightmare. It is unbelievable that such a gross overdevelopment could be put here. Until the state government does a lot more to create proper infrastructure, this proposal should be rejected.

  3. Barbara Gurney commented

    This size of development is not suitable on such a busy intersection of Chatham Road and Dickson Avenue. The streets are narrow on either side, and Chatham road briefly becomes one lane just before the following roundabout near the childcare centre.
    There is always a great deal of traffic in and out from the the Coles and Woolworths parking areas, which are already overflowing at peak times and the one way street parking is very limited. The roundabout is also constantly used as a turning point for cars wanting to go in the opposite direction from the Victoria Road approach.
    Chatham Road is a local residential road and a main access for residents living in Eastwood, to Victoria Road, Meadowbank, the ferry and south across the Parramatta River. I urge council to reject this application due to the unsuitability of the site and the detrimental affect it will have on the local community.

  4. Barbara Gurney commented

    This size of development is not suitable on such a busy intersection of Chatham Road and Dickson Avenue. The streets are narrow on either side, and Chatham road briefly becomes one lane just before the following roundabout near the childcare centre.
    There is always a great deal of traffic in and out from the the Coles and Woolworths parking areas, which are already overflowing at peak times and the one way street parking is very limited. The roundabout is also constantly used as a turning point for cars wanting to go in the opposite direction from the Victoria Road approach.
    Chatham Road is a local residential road and a main access for residents living in Eastwood, to Victoria Road, Meadowbank, the ferry and south across the Parramatta River. I urge council to reject this application due to the unsuitability of the site and the detrimental affect it will have on the local community.

  5. Elizabeth Latimer commented

    This development of 62 residential units and 5 retail shops puts over 150+ extra vehicles onto the streets, particularly Chatham Road with no 'turn right' onto Victoria Road in direction of Parramatta.

    These vehicles will be forced to navigate back streets to West Parade or Shaftsbury Road thereby causing congestion in the locale via suburban rat runs. Both these feeder streets are busy now and it will get worse with the dense living planned for the centre of West Ryde shopping precinct. Town Planners are kidding themselves if they think people will abandon their cars!

    The number of units and floors of this development should be reduced. The infrastructure in the area cannot support this. Its avarice gone mad!

    And local residents know even the local sewer in this locale is struggling. The smell and lingering pong is evidence of this. Its been an on/off issue for decades. The infrastucture must be in place BEFORE such developments are planned because higher density living brings additional stressors on all facilities.

    Residents know West Ryde is suffering. Just look at the empty shops on Victoria Road.
    Putting people into stacked boxes with no planning for public space, local traffic flow, parking, sewer and water drainage creates a depressing, congested living environment- hardly the energetic, smart living the Council appointed marketeers talk about at their community meetings and illustrate in glossy brochures.

    Council cannot get local traffic flow right with the current congested rat runs through West Ryde shopping precinct now!

    The interestion of Anthony Road and Betts Street is a typical example of poor traffic plannning right next to this propsal.

    Its confusion plus. Is it a T intersection with Anthony Road traffic with right of way as a through road or does traffic in Betts Street have right of way into Anthony Road? Locals have complained about this traffic confusion. Council, even elected Councillors are dismissive!!

    The onus is on Council to get local planning right before approving such developments. Council must also listen!!

  6. Adam commented

    I think this is a great idea as a gateway to a West Ryde which is in dire need of revitalisation. The scale/bulk are suitable and the less service stations/derelict buildings we have the better.

    Its current usage as a service station/car wash/mechanic would almost definitely generate more car movements than the proposed development. Development near transport/shops is what we should be aiming for - so that cars aren't required. I live nearby and have very little use for mine.

    The only thing being overshadowed in the winter sun is the pub to the south, and that's a small price to pay for improving the area.

  7. Barry Shirley commented

    Thanks Adam for your comments. Seeing that you are in favour of a 7 storey building that directly adjoins residential houses you may be good enough to contact the developer and ask them to put up a 7 plus storey building right next to your house. I wonder what your comments would be then?

  8. Adam commented

    Barry, I currently have a 2 storey 'complying' development being built 1.5m from my boundary, which is far worse (do the maths, it's simple). I will never get any winter sun in my northern windows again, where the houses adjacent this have no such issue.

    But that's irrelevant - the fact is this block is very close to shops and transport and this is where higher density housing should be located.

  9. Barry Shirley commented

    Adam. I am sorry for your situation but a 2 storey versus a 7 storey plus building right next to residential houses is really not comparable. The 7 storey Coles building across the road from us is on an island site and does not adjoin houses that have been in this area for over a century. This Chatham Road development is over sized. It was zoned to be a three storey which we have no problem with as it provides a more acceptable easing of height into residential areas. Also the building looks directly into a child care centre and will contribute to more traffic congestion on a roundabout that cannot handle the current volume of traffic. Dickson Avenue is not wide enough to take the traffic to the shops. We have witnessed many car collisions and actual fist fights in the street including between two women. Who wants their once great village atmosphere to suffer this sort of nonsense because the State Government wants to keep over populating transport hubs. Let there be a more sensible solution please.

  10. Warren Smith commented

    Suggest the LPP and Council need to listen to locals who have the local knowledge. It would appear the number of storey heights needs to reduced to an acceptable level and an altered road design of traffic flow around the very complicated roundabout. All the alterations should be paid by the developer so the street traffic is safe and efficient.

  11. Kiran Patel commented

    Suggest the amount of apartments is reduced as the current road infrastructure is not sufficient for this many additional vehicles entering/exiting the main road and round abouts which already suffer from accidents. All the alterations should be paid by the developer so the street traffic is safe and efficient.

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