Objection to Boarding House development at 27 Cobham Street, Kings Park

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Objection to DA-17-02378. No boarding house at 27 Cobham Street, Kings Park!

Cobham Street, Kings Park is once again the subject of a ridiculous boarding house proposal set to tower over the street and cat the neighbours into the shadows!

It’s the same story, an out of town developer is looking to make quick bucks exploiting the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing), (the “SEPP”) and ignoring Blacktown Council's Development Control Plan (DCP).

This proposal on initial review seeks to:

* Erect a 2 story building standing 7.9 metres high within a few metres of the existing residential properties (loss of valuable daylight sun, especially in winter)

* Place a 547 square metre development (over two stories) on a block of only 733.5 square metres! This proposal is not consistent with the objectives of the R2 Low Density Residential zone The R2 zone prohibits townhouses, villas and multi-unit housing. This proposal is of a similar nature to the prohibited scale of development as it takes the form of a multi-unit housing development.

* The density of residents in the boarding house within the subject site is not consistent with a low density area. Under the Blacktown Local Environmental Plan 2015, a maximum of 2 dwellings would probably be permissible on this site.

* Contribute extra vehicles on the street due to inadequate onsite parking. The street is already suffering under an increased load as residents from new developments as far as Schofields and Marsden Park search for parking within 500 metres of Marayong Station. The proposal caters for 25 lodgers and an onsite manager. Two rooms have been marked as accessible parking and provided a disabled parking spot. This leaves 24 lodgers to fight for two parking spots. Apart from not meeting the requirements of the SEPP, where do the other 22 cars go??

* Does not meet the SEPP requirement for Motorbike parking and bicycle parking.

* Fails to address all Blacktown City Councils requirements for the running of a boarding house in the Plan of Management.

* Misrepresents several facts about the proposal in order to attempt to satisfy planning controls in the Statement of Environmental Effects.

* Fails to address Crime Prevention through Design by creating narrow secluded walkways between the front and rear of the property and provides multiple targets of opportunity for assailants to pick from.

* There are no other boarding house style developments in the surrounding area and granting consent would set an undesirable precedent.

*Attempts to fudge the “Character of the Local Area test” noting Vardy’s Road is the “main access way to the property”. The proposal is not sympathetic to its surroundings as it is located within an established residential area of Blacktown, characterised by single detached dwellings and older townhouses.

* Remove 15 established gum trees and replace it with shrubbery (at best). Under Blacktown City Council Policy a plan showing the location of the replacement trees (2 trees are required for each tree removed).  A minimum container size of 45 litre trees is required.

Blacktown City Council does not lodge applications online and I had to attend council to get the referred to documentation from them. If you would like more details the council officer dealing with this application is Sara Smith. You can email her for more details at sara.smith@blacktown.nsw.gov.au or jump on the Kings Park Community Action Facebook page.

We need your support to let Blacktown City Council know that over the top development is not welcome in Kings Park!

Earlier this year councillors of Blacktown Council voted to refuse a DA for a boarding house at 59 Cobham Street. You can read about the council meeting here:


The reasons supported for refusal where as follows:

a. The proposed development does not comply with a number of the development controls for boarding houses in State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) (ARH) 2009 (Section 79C(1)(a)(i) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act)).

 b. The proposal is not considered to be consistent with the objective of the R2 Low Density Residential zone under Blacktown Local Environmental Plan 2015, which is to allow development that is appropriate within a low density residential environment (Section 79C(1)(a)(i) of the Act).

 c. Granting consent to the proposal in its current form would result in adverse impacts to the locality (Section 79C(1)(b) of the Act).

 d. There would be adverse social impacts on the surrounding community and the occupants of the boarding house as the inadequate Plan of Management will not ensure the appropriate operation of the facility (Section 79C(1)(b) of the Act).

 e. The site is not suitable for this scale of boarding house development (Section 79C(1)(c) of the Act).

 f. A large number of submissions was received objecting to the proposal and many of the issues raised are valid and support refusal of the application, demonstrating a strong community opposition to the proposal (Section 79C(1)(d) of the Act).

 g. Granting consent to the proposal in its current form would not be in the public interest as the development does not satisfy the local character test of the ARH SEPP (Section 79C(1)(e) of the Act).


1.Sign this petition NOW, then share it.

2. Email your objection to Blacktown Council AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Submissions should be directed to the:

General Manager, Blacktown City Council - at council@blacktown.nsw.gov.au and quote Development Application DA-17-002378. You need to include your name and address to be counted and clearly state the reasons for objection.

3. Email a copy of your objection to the council Planner, Sara Smith at: sara.smith@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

4. Email the Lord Mayor and State Member, Stephen Bali MP with your objection at stephen.bali@blacktown.nsw.gov.au or/and blacktown@parliament.nsw.gov.au

5. Contact your Ward 2 councillors and let them know your thoughts

Councillor Julie Griffiths julie.griffiths@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

Councillor Kevin Gillies kevin.gillies@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

Councillor Jaymes Diaz jaymes.diaz@blacktown.nsw.gov.au


David Smith, Cobham Street Resident.

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