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In Whitebridge NSW on “Multiple dwelling housing,...” at 142 Dudley Road, Whitebridge NSW 2290:

Sean Brown commented

I have some concerns over this development.

1) Road and pedestrian safety.

The only car access to the dwellings is via the Kopa St, Lonus Ave. With 87 units with roughly 250 bedrooms, this will result in around 200 cars. These intersections cannot handle that kind of traffic load.
With a day care centre, pre school, high school and sporting facilities all being connected to this tiny intersection, pedestrian, especially that of children, will be put at risk.
This intersection can't even handle the load as it is during peak hours, rainy days are far worse.

Even if only half the cars in the development leave during the peak periods the results will be extremely dangerous.

Giving the residents of the development another entrance/exit to Dudley Rd could help split the traffic.

2) Parking for Shops

On the other side of the development, Dudley Rd side are an additional 4 commercial units. As i observe every day form living here the existing car parking for the shops can barley handle the load. Adding more shops an no extra parking will only compound this problem.
Resulting in more people parking in unsuitable and dangerous places, running across the road, thru traffic etc. A recipe for danger.
Visitors and even residents of the new development will even use this car parking, is for many of them it will be more convenient than driving around the back. Visitors especially. Resulting in even less parking.
This isn't the giant Charlestown Square on a Thursday night, were you go to drive round the car park for a hour, so you can buy the latest fashion. This is a local shopping centre were people stop by on their way home from work to grab a few groceries, or stop at the cafe or bakery. Or even come to see the doctor (the car park serves him to), and pick up their scripts.
We use it for convenience not for the excitement of fighting for a car park.
Less parking for more shops = Less parks per shop = Less business for each shop.
If it is no longer convenient then we will stop using it and the businesses will suffer.

3. The Density

250 bedrooms, 200 cars. It's too much. I am not against development, my income depends on the building industry, but this is over the top for this site. It is way above the average for the area, and the local amenities can't cope. Less dwellings, even if this results in them being slightly larger, with more green area. It would be great to see an actual park area worked in, not just a green strip down the side. This will result in a much better scenario. It will give a little back to the community and connect the two. making it a nice place to live.
Imagine that. Half way along Fernleigh track, where people can stop get some food from a local shop, eat it in the park before continuing their journey.

Less dwellings will also go part of the way to reducing the resulting traffic problems.

4. Other concerns are making sure the engineering for storm water management is up to scotch. Any over flow will drain straight on to the track.
Impact on surrounding property value.

The For Sale sign for the land described it as a land mark site and what ever goes here will be exactly that. And I think the development should suit that title.

Do we want a good land mark or a bad one?

I don't want to here people give directions like "Just turn left after the horrible housing development"

I think with some amendments to the plan, and a bit more integration to the local community this could be a quality high value development, that is a win win for both the developer and the community.

Sean Brown

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