21-23 Norfolk Road Epping

21-23 Norfolk Road Epping

DA/61/2018

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.

UPDATE: At the Planning Panel meeting, this DA was refused when the Panel agreed with the recommendation in the council report.

This DA is scheduled to come before the Local Planning Panel (for Parramatta Council) on 16th April for determination. This will be the second time it has been listed, as it was deferred last month when the panel asked for a traffic study. 

Childcare Centre proposal - 21-23 Norfolk Road, Epping

Parramatta City Council received this DA and it was on exhibition in November 2018. You can read the details here. 

The proposed development is for a new childcare centre on a residential site just down from Epping Public School. It would replace two residential properties currently on the site, which is next to a Heritage Conservation Area. The nearby housing is predominately single story residential. The proposed childcare includes the removal/partial removal of the houses and 21 trees, a two storey child care for 60 children and 13 staff, partially underground car parking for 15 vehicles (including under cutting into the site). 

The Epping Civic Trust raised quite a number of issues with this proposal and you can read our submission here. 

The concerns are

  • that it is an over development of the site
  • That it will further impact traffic at an important junction which is already at capacity 
  • That very mature trees would be removed and these should be saved
  • That it impacts the heritage values of the neighbouring Heritage Conservation Area
  • That the site encompasses a tributary of Terry's Creek and is in a stormwater flood zone which makes it inherently unsafe for a childcare centre to be located

The council's report on the DA has recommended it is refused on quite a number of grounds (many in line with the Trust's submission) - you can see their report here.

The Trust was very surprised therefore that the proposal was not refused when it first came to the Panel, but they asked for a traffic survey that was already in the paperwork. The council report to the new meeting has not changed - they still recommend refusal. 

21-23 Norfolk Road existing site
This DA will be considered by the Local Planning Panel on 16th April at 3.30pm at the Rydalmere Operations Centre, Civic Room, 316 Victoria Road, Rydalmere. The public can attend but if you want to register to speak you must register by noon on Monday 15th April to LPP@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au