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In Bowral NSW on “Residential Care Facility” at 39-41 Aitken Road, Bowral NSW:

E. Marton commented

The WSC seems intent on destroying the history and character of the Southern Highlands villages, but Bowral in particular, with the bizarre proposals to "ease" major problems they continue to create by approving innapropriate developments in as many places as possible.
The latest industrial scale project has a seemingly humane intent, but a ludicrous location. The basic facilities (water, etc) seem to be barely coping with the current local population, but they are hell bent on tripling the amount of residents in this street. We're lucky to have one tap working normally, but a second tap open at the same time and neither work adequately, and we are used to tank water.
This development could easily have gone into one of the locations by Bowral golf course, instead of the multiple medium density units that have been installed in the last couple of years, with no doubt many more to come, or even the huge empty space at the Old South Road and Ascot intersection. Maybe that's too close to the recently completed care facility behind Stephen's Park though. Another option could be the current council chambers. An excellent location for something like this and that building has no historical or cultural value, better road and rail connections, far less school traffic, and maybe it will slow down the demolition of the rest of the highlands.
The council running with this proposal is in line with their poor grasp of planning and bizarre “solutions” trying to mask problems they’ve caused, like the redevelopment of Station Street that will make traffic flow far worse than it currently is and will no doubt cause stationary cues of traffic from Moss Vale to Mittagong. Not forgetting of course that Bowral is a “destination” location (that is rapidly ceasing to exist) and the current traffic seems to to suggest that people want to drive through or around.
The location of this new development secretly agreed to and presented as a fait accompli telegraphs their intentions to overturn all so called residential areas by decreasing their value to average people (i.e. - not developers) and increase the profits to their friends.
We began to regret our move to Bowral only two months after moving here when the Council facilitated the removal of huge established eucalypts in the street outside the High school and pretended it was all down to the school, while the school claimed it was nothing to do with them. Just to prove the council has a sense of humour, soon after this, they distributed information telling us about street trees and how they add value to residential areas, etc.

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