Warehouse development angers residents

Not here thanks: Horsley Park residents have objected to a development proposal in their backyard. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Not here thanks: Horsley Park residents have objected to a development proposal in their backyard. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

A DEVELOPMENT application to build a large warehouse and distribution centre in Horsley Park has angered Fairfield Council and residents living near the proposed site.

Gazcorp Pty Ltd lodged the application with the Department of Planning and Environment earlier this year to seek approval for stage one of the Gazcorp Industrial Estate on 52 hectares of land at 813-913 Wallgrove Road.

The development is expected to create more than 700 jobs in a variety of sectors including warehousing, distribution and freight transport once complete.

Fairfield Council objected to the development proposal citing acoustic and visual impact on adjoining residential properties.

"This is no different from the Waterhouse application in 2012 [to build an industrial and employment estate on 100 hectares at Horsley Park]," Councillor Lawrence White said.

"We represented the residents in Horsley Park then. This is no different.

"I hope the residents get some solace."

Gazcorp Pty Ltd directors Nabil and Nicholas Gazal did not return calls made by the .

Horsley Park resident Abir Jalalaty said she was outraged with the development proposal.

"It's concerning to see that JBA Planning Consultants, on behalf of Gazcorp Pty Ltd, have used an aerial picture that is over six years old," she said.

"This obviously does not factor in new residential homes built in the area.

"I am wondering whether they have assembled their reports regarding residential impacts on this?"

As part of the development, Gazcorp Pty Ltd is also planning to demolish seven hectares of endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland.

It has also requested the planning department exempt it from paying more than $8.5 million in Section 94A contributions for its proposed development.

The development of the entire precinct will generate a total state infrastructure contribution of $8.541 million.

This is another reason why Fairfield Council objected to the proposal.

"Why would they ask for preferential treatment?" Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said.

Fairfield Council made a submission, objecting to the proposal last Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Planning and Environment said it would assess the application before providing a recommendation to the Planning Assessment Commission which would make the final decision.

The development proposal can be read by visiting http://tinyurl.com/nnn7dst.

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