Petitioning Canterbury Bankstown Council

Delay Canterbury Close rushed DA approval to improve the project amenity & sustainability

What we know

This is a $20 million development comprising 439 apartments, which will house approximately 1,000 people.The development is proposed for the Metro Storage site and will replace ALL of the buildings between Canterbury Road and the park on the river side of Close Street. The building will be 12 storeys (30.3 metres) high and there will be parking for 496 cars.

While we accept that the site needs upgrading, development on this scale will have a significant negative impact on traffic and our urban/natural environment. We also have concerns around sustainability, the size of the apartments and the oversupply of apartments in Canterbury.

We have spoken to Council’s traffic engineer about plans for the Charles Street/Close Street intersection, but changes to the intersection are dependent on the owner of the site selling land to the Council. Until that is resolved, it appears the intersection will remain in its current, very dangerous, state.

The full plans for “Canterbury Close” can be viewed for another few weeks at Earlwood library, corner of William St and Homer Street and the Council’s Campsie Customer Service Centre at 137 Beamish St, Campsie.

As far as we are aware, only one person at 20 Close Street was notified of the amended plans. Residents in Charles St were notified. We do not know of anyone at Close Street who was notified about the original proposal. The Council has conceded that consultation, while meeting the requirements of the Act, may not have been entirely adequate and has extended the time to view the plans and write letters. Council will be writing to residents about this.

After this, the Council prepares an assessment report which will be forwarded to the Joint Regional Planning Panel for final determination. We believe that members of the public are able to attend this meeting.

What you can do

  • Sign this petition  
  • Come to the progress meeting, to be held in the garden square at 20 Close Street on  Sunday 5 February at 5pm.
  • Do an individual submission. It’s very important we get as many individual submissions to the proposal as we can, so please write a letter to council on what you think about the planned development. Quote “242-254 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury: DA 503/13/A” so the council knows which development your letter refers to.

We are concerned about:

  • Excess traffic in Close Street and Canterbury Road. How are an extra 400+ cars entering and exiting Close Street going to be managed, especially at peak hours? What about off-street parking? What about the road to building ratio?
  • Greatly increased pressure on open space and the vulnerable river environment. What are the predicted impacts of at least 1000 new residents?
  • Minimum size of many of the units, which is below lending threshold for Australian banks. Are these small units really the kind of accommodation Canterbury needs?
  • Lack of demographic studies to support the size of the development.
  • The design/aesthetics of the complex and how it fits into its surroundings.
  • The fact that the building barely meets environmental sustainability measures in terms of heating and shade. Shouldn’t the bar be higher for a complex of this size.
  • The fact that local residents were not widely consulted/notified about either the original proposal or the amended plans
  • Liveability and noise concerns in line with current city living.
  • Excess apartment supply leading to a potential bubble and consequent ‘blowout’.
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