Tower a step closer after plan approved

A PROPOSED multi-storey development in Merrylands, is a step closer after Cumberland Council endorsed a planning proposal for the site at its last meeting.

Located on the fringe of the Merrylands town centre, under the proposal, building heights would rise from 39m (12 storeys) to 50m (16 storeys) for the south-eastern portion of the site while floor space ratios would increase on the eastern portion.
The site – 1-11 Neil Street – is already subject to four approved residential developments containing a total 546 units and ranging in height from six, nine and 12 storeys. The proposed additional four storeys would accommodate an additional 24 units.
As part of the agreement, the site’s owners Landmark Group Australia, have offered a Voluntary Planning Agreement for a contribution to the cost of street lighting works in the Neil Street Precinct required to be undertaken by the council.
Speaking on behalf of the proponents at last month’s council meeting, Joseph Scuderi told councillors there had been a lot of work between themselves and the council over the past five years to try to resolve the complicated planning controls for the site.
The proposal will now go to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for a Gateway Determination.