WITH no kerb and guttering or sewerage connection Horsley Park is still languishing in a rural past which is long gone, says a local resident.
Karim David, who also works as a real estate agent in the suburb, said the lack of infrastructure was holding the area back.
"Horsley Park has been neglected for a long time — the government has just forgotten about it," Mr David said.
"Sydney needs more housing and this is where it could be built, but they're not allowing subdivisions.
"And it's not even connected to the sewer, so developers are staying away.
"No one is growing tomatoes here any more — this hasn't been a farming area for a long time.
"Traffic has increased a lot over time and there isn't even any kerb and guttering and very few street lights.
"I've lived here since the 1980s and the area hasn't changed at all.
"There's no transport either; it's just been forgotten."
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said there was plenty of progress happening in Horsley Park.
"In the past 12 to 13 months we have approved a new gateway entrance for the suburb, CCTV cameras will be installed there, as well as a new walking track and a new [outdoor] gym," Cr Carbone said.
"We have also voted to allow granny flats to be built there.
"And last night we voted to conduct a rural land study into that whole area."
He said the council couldn't just flick a switch overnight to make changes; proper processes needed to be followed and there needed to be consultation.
"A lot of people in the area want to keep it rural. They live there because they like it the way it is.
"But we will do this study and then see what needs to be done."
He said he would like the state government to consider the lack of transport in the area and it would be its responsibility to connect sewerage.
Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan said one of the reasons the suburb hadn't been connected to the sewerage line was because there is a layer of rock beneath the soil's surface.
"Breaking through that will cost more, so they have been putting off connecting that area," Mr Rohan said.
"A few people have conveyed their concerns to me about the lack of infrastructure and I have taken them to the relevant ministers.
"But there are still plenty of people in Horsley Park that don't want changes. They like living in a rural area — it's quiet and peaceful.
"It will develop in the future, for sure, so it's just a matter of time."
Sydney Water spokesman said there are no current plans to connect the parts of Horsley Park which are zoned as rural to the sewerage network.
"There are some areas in Horsley Park that have been rezoned industrial, which will be connected," he said.
He said the policy was in keeping with the Growth Servicing Plan for 2012 to 2017 and the organisation extends its wastewater services based on the NSW Government's plans for development.