Decision on land deferred

SYDNEY Water's plan to develop unused land in Cecil Hills has been deferred for a second time by Liverpool Council.

At its last meeting, the council decided to not rezone the 300,000-square-metre site on Cowpasture Road, from public recreation zoning to low density residential.

The council objected to Sydney Water's proposed land subdivision, which would have led to the creation of 300-square-metre lots.

The council's report stated that the average lot size of homes adjacent to the Sydney Water site was between 550 and 700-square-metres.

Councillor Mazhar Hadid, who called for the deferral, said block sizes less than 450-square-metres was out of keeping with the area.

"When they talk about these lots being 'affordable houses' it is rubbish," he said. "When they have a 600-square-metre block and they sell it for $300,000 — that is cheap.

"When they have a 300-square-metre block and they sell it for $270,000 — that is not cheap.

"They are doubling their profit and not delivering a decent suburb. It is more like an army campus."

Cr Hadid said small lots created a congested neighbourhood.

"You can't have a private conversation with your wife in those small blocks," he said. "This is not cheap land, and the developers have gotten very greedy."

The matter now rests with Sydney Water to submit an amended plan.

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