Parramatta City Council received this DA on 21 Jan 2018 . You can read the details here.
The proposed development is of 21 storeys, with a total of 131 apartments. Shops and commercial space occupy the ground floor and the two storeys above.
It is over the present site of the Epping Walk between Rawson St, and Beecroft Rd. On the eastern side, it ends up near the foot of the stairway and the bridge over Beecroft Rd which leads to the railway station; and on the western side, it ends up at Rawson St, more or less opposite the Epping Club. The Westpac Bank building and the newsagent on Rawson St will be demolished. The Epping Hotel, also rumoured for development will remain on the northern side, and the development will end at Hunts Lane on the southern side.
The community had been hoping that there would be a direct link through this building to the station entrance at concourse level, in effect replacing the unsightly metal bridge that is currently used to access the station. This building does not include such a link and would prevent one being built in future. The community believes this link should be infrastructure, paid for by Government, and not achieved by negotiation with developers, who will demand too high a price.
The link that will be provided to the public between Rawson St and Beecroft Rd in this development will have two flights of stairs to be negotiated. At present access is provided without stairs and under cover via the Epping Walk.
In addition, the Trust’s view is that in attempting to maximise the number of apartments it can cram onto the site, the developer has ignored a number of important planning controls such as floor space ratio, setbacks which define the width of footpaths and proximity to other buildings and maximum floor plate dimensions.
Other Trust concerns are