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In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish part of the...” at 3 Roach Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

Henare Degan commented

I have some objections to this application:

The type of dwellings in this application are designed to maximise profit from the development, not to provide appropriate and useful housing in this area. Small studio apartments are not what's needed in the area, it's larger housing for couples and young families being pushed out of other Inner-West suburbs like Newtown and Erskineville by impossible property prices.

The increased density that this development would create on this block is out of character with properties in this area. The current development at 3 Roach Street and many of its neighbours have generous open space on their block. This creates a positive sense of space in the neighbourhood that this development would impinge on (and is neatly illustrated in the shadow diagrams). We don't want Marrickville to have the crowded, imposing feeling of the city.

The very modern external design and materials are also out of character with the area and especially nearby buildings, including the existing structure that will be retained. It really looks like a tacked-on transplant to the existing building. A much more compassionate design would be appropriate so that the proposed development integrates into the existing built environment.

And lastly, the proposed development seeks to remove a number of really beautiful and clearly quite old trees. These include a fruiting avocado tree (therefore much older than the 7 years it takes these trees to fruit). It would be a great loss to have these trees destroyed by the proposed development so it would be great if the design could be modified to include retaining these great trees.

Thank you for considering my comments.

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