Councillor does not want estates to become “ovens”

Councillor Simon Landow used this photo of Harrington Park to start a discussion about his concerns for this type of low density residential housing.
Councillor Simon Landow used this photo of Harrington Park to start a discussion about his concerns for this type of low density residential housing.

Councillor Simon Landow does not want see housing estates built in Wollondilly like the ones to the shire’s north.

The north ward councillor said the council needs to learn from the “mistakes” of other councils.

He does not want to see a sea of black roofs with no space between them, no trees and no parking.

Cr Landow said there were some estates in Penrith such as in Glenmore Park that fit that brief.

“The streets are narrow and on tiny blocks,” he said. “Cars need to be parked on the street and it is difficult to get past them.

“I am not anti-development or anti-small blocks and there are some zones in Wollondilly where 450 square metre blocks are legal.

“But there is a right and a wrong way to build on those blocks.

“For example, some Bingara Gorge blocks are 450 square metres and they have been nicely built.”

Cr Landow wants to larger frontages, selective trees and a range of roofing options in future developments.

“No one wants to live in an oven,” he said.

“Our community still expects more traditional looking blocks that have spaces between houses. It is about planning the design.

“We also need to think about solar panels which will be a given in the future.

“We need to factor that in and make sure the types of trees we approve aren’t going to block out the sun hitting other people’s houses.

“We need wider roads like our old villages have so that two cars can both drive with cars are parked on the side.”

Similarly, Campbelltown Greens councillor Ben Moroney does not want new developments to become “ovens” like Gregory Hills

He too does not want to see black roofs, asphalt and footpaths with only a couple of shrubs.

Cr Landow wants to make sure Wollondilly Council correctly plans for the grow of the existing towns and Wilton New Town but wants to see Wollondilly remain “rural living”.

“I definitely want to see a green belt stay around every village and then we can have centralised housing with some blocks that are smaller,” he said.

“We need to maintain the rural lifestyle.

“We are in a unique position where we can actually do this through proper planning discussions with all stakeholders to ensure we get the best.

“Wollondilly deserves the best.”

Cr Landow said the council may need to consider tightening its restrictions around residential planning so developers know the community’s expectations.