New South Wales
I strongly object to the Significant Development at 242-244 Beecroft, Epping with the following reasons.
The first and the most important reason for the objection is because of the significant negative impact that the development will bring to the nearby main roads. Even though the study has estimated that there will be only 1% increase in traffic, but having a 1% increase is too huge for the already congested intersections at Carlingford Road, Beecroft Road, Ray Road and Rawson Street, and also on the rail overpass bridge between Beecroft Road and Epping Road, particularly during the morning and evening peak hours. The study has also assumed that most of the residents living in the new development will take the public transport, rather than driving, for commuting and so there will only be minor impacts to the local road network. However, that assumption will very unlikely hold during weekends when 356 cars will be used for getting out from Epping to another suburb for shopping. It is not hard to imagine how congested and polluted the roads will be!
Secondly, the development will destroy the peaceful environment at Ray Road with the proposed vehicular access. Those existing residents on Ray Road will need to endure the increased noise and pollution from the 356 cars coming in and out of the new development.
Thirdly, the layout of the development is very poorly designed with the 3 towers being too closed to each other, resulting very low privacy for each unit, and its proximity to a petrol station and the busy Beecroft Road and Carlingford Road with the noise and poor air quality. I cannot imagine anyone who will be able to enjoy such a substandard quality living environment.
Lastly, do we really more high-rise buildings at Epping? Even though Epping is a key transport interchange, it does not mean that people need to be brought into the suburb to live and so destroy the quality of living that the existing residents are enjoying. Should we think about making a better use of the site such as building some recreation facilities (eg indoor basketball courts, concert halls) for the benefits of current Epping and nearby residents? Chatswood Concourse is a good example.
To conclude, I strongly object to the building of the residential towers on the site because of the severe adverse impact to the road traffic and noise and air pollution to the residents living in the area.
It will be much appreciated if my opinion is seriously considered.
Thank you for your attention.