Developer concedes defeat

Satisfied: Pat Sganga (left) along with other Wetherill Park residents are thrilled with the new development taking place on Cobbett Street. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Satisfied: Pat Sganga (left) along with other Wetherill Park residents are thrilled with the new development taking place on Cobbett Street. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

IT HAS taken three years but the fight to stop a six-storey unit block from being built in Cobbett Street, Wetherill Park has been won by residents.

Brenex, the applicant, told Fairfield Council recently it would compromise and only build townhouses, provided the council increased the floor space ratio for the site from 0.45:1 to 0.5:1.

All councillors agreed to the increase at the most recent council meeting.

Resident Pat Sganga, who was against the original development proposal, which was set to have a 147-unit block built next to his home, was thrilled with the result.

"I think they've done the community justice," he said.

"The applicant has gone along with the community's needs and we feel vindicated for all our efforts.

"It's a great relief that this new development will be in tune with the surrounding community."

While the increase in the floor space ratio will mean a few extra townhouses being built, Mr Sganga said this did not concern him or other residents living nearby.

"The difference is so minimal, it's not worth arguing about," he said.

"An extra two townhouses is better than the 150 units we were planned to get.

The council will ask the state's planning department to advise Planning Minister Brad Hazzard to amend the proposal by increasing the FSR from 0.45:1 to 0.5:1 without any further public exhibition.

If that option is not acceptable, the council will urge the minister to use powers in section 59(4) of the relevant law and direct the council to re-exhibit the plan with a Residential R3 zoning and a floor space ratio of 0.5:1.

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