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In Macquarie Park NSW on “Approval is sought for a...” at 122 Herring Rd Macquarie Park NSW 2113:

Peter commented

Hi Sir/Madam,

I strongly disagree with the above proposal to make the community around Saunders close and 120 Herring Road too crowded.

1. The proposed 14 storeys height building is only 5 – 12 meters distance from 1 Saunders Close. This is one of the fundamental reasons that all our family members object the proposal.

We don't want our existing homes (Saunders Close & 120 Herring Road) to be the next Opal Tower, neither the ones that council approves to build (122 Herring Road).

What happens if there is a heavy fire on certain levels of the high rise building (at the back of 1 Saunders Close)? Is 5-12 meters distance enough for the emergency service? Please check the below video as an example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsgPoV-tksM and respond to our community whether the Ryde council and Morling College (a CHRISTIAN College) will be responsible in the future if such disaster happens once the above proposal being approved?

There is no privacy for the residents when the proposed buildings are only 5-12 meters away.

2. Traffic congestion is another issue and Macquarie park is already overcrowded.

Do you think that Saunders Close and 120 Herring Road can handle the traffic (inc parkings) when another 5 major residential buildings will be developed plus other Morling College buildings that are under construction at the moment?

Do you think it will be safe for our neighbors, especially the kids to grow up and play around??

I think we need sufficient distance between buildings, widening of roads, additional sidewalks and bicycle lane within the community to relieve the traffic from Herring Road, we need more greenery parks, playgrounds, open recreational court or public library.

I support the view that Macquarie park can be future developed into a more modern area, however, we also need to learn the lessons (consequences on high density, pollution, noise, traffic congestion, poor quality of life) from other major cities in the world as Sydney only has limited years’ experience in building the high-rise apartments.

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