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In Ashfield NSW on “8 Storey Mixed-use Building” at 7-9 Cavill Avenue & 5 Markham Place, Ashfield:

Paul and Karen Hooper commented

As owners of a property in this locality, we oppose the development.

In the first instance, the site preparation phase would result in the loss of mature trees which attract insects, native birds and flying foxes. The loss of fauna and flora in this heavily built-up locality would detract considerably from the urban environment.

Access and egress into what is a small pocket of Ashfield wedged in between Liverpool Road and the railway line is very limited. The narrow streets, most of which are only open to traffic in one direction, are heavily used for parking by residents, visitors to the shopping centre, and by delivery vehicles. Egress onto Liverpool Road is problematic, especially at times when queues form across the intersections. Developments in the vicinity of the Ashfield shopping and commercial district will exacerbate the congestion. It also is worth noting that there are significant numbers of pedestrians who filter through this area as they walk to/from Ashfield station, the bus stops, and the schools near the station.

All of the above results in severe constraints on traffic management in this locality and already there are unacceptable levels of congestion and hazards. The construction phase of the proposed development surely will result in a reduction in the capacity of the roads, in closure of the limited number of footpaths, and the presence of large, heavy vehicles in narrow streets.

Should the construction be approved and completed, it would generate long-term increases in traffic flow which would be unsustainable. The Ashfield City Council would then have to consider costly and disruptive measures to ensure that the locality is safe for pedestrians, that it is not choked with vehicles, and that it does not give rise to problems at entry/exit points to Liverpool Road and at the end of The Esplanade where there are busy bus stops and where there are heavy flows of pedestrians.

We submit that this development should not proceed without a thorough study of traffic management, taking into flows on Liverpool Road as well as in this relatively closed-in pocket of Ashfield. Such a study should incorporate the most up-to-date traffic forecasts taking into account current construction and plans to construct commercial and residential properties in and around the Ashfield shopping district. We also request that account is taken of the impact of the development on the urban environment, and particularly the flora and fauna and safety for pedestrians. Such a study should consider very carefully what sort of urban environment will be retained for existing and future residents. Finally, there should be a broader social cost-benefit analysis undertaken to take account of the likely future costs imposed on Council and on residents. Only then can an informed decision be made about such a large development relative to the capacity of this locality.

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