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In Thirroul NSW on “Commercial - demolition of...” at 282-298 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul NSW 2515:

Jane N commented

The development of Thirroul Plaza including 82 units, more shops, new traffic lights at King Street and changed bus and parking on Lawrence Hargrave Drive will have a dramatic effect on the village atmosphere and a reduction of amenity in Thirroul. The design of the proposed development does not demonstrate it considers or responds to the site, the requirements of the residents or the opinions of local residents.

This is an unreasonable overdevelopment of the site.
The developers seek to maximise profits on the site and have been letting the site get rundown so residents will accept the upgrade. Remember we have already lost the facade of the shopfronts from the 1930’s which were supposed to be retained on the south side of the development.
Overdevelopment on this site will lead to problems in traffic management, car parking, loss of street parking, many more residents, more shops and loss of escarpment views.
There has been no consultation with residents and there is no reflection on amenity to the local village. The Wollongong Council has guidelines for desired character of the villages of the Northern suburbs which have been completely disregarded. The buildings are of excessive bulk and scale, right to footpath level, without making any contribution to public open spaces. 3 stories high from street level exceeds recommendations.

The flawed traffic assessment furnished with this development is vastly underestimating the number of cars, much lower than RMS traffic generation guideline estimation. The traffic in Thirroul is a major concern already and we cannot place any further strain on the bottleneck, where a single lane each way over the railway bridge is the only way through Thirroul. One day in the future this will put local lives at risk; also every day in the future we will be queuing back up to Austinmer to get through at peak times of the day.

Whilst commentators mostly consider the effects on traffic at the completion of the build, what about moving 2 basement levels of landfill off the site and thousands of truck movements in the area during the development?

It’s difficult to imagine in current times how we could need a Coles with twice the floor space and a dozen retail shop spaces. Hopefully it won’t end up looking like desolate, uninhabited sections of Wollongong, like Crown St. This is also a commercial area, with live music venues, which should be able to continue to provide this entertainment without threat of noise complaints from surrounding new residents.

The intended development is rapacious, insensitive to desires and needs of local residents and inappropriate to the site. There is no reason to have a development of this size and density here.

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