Joel Erickson - Penrith Press for The Daily Telegraph
Two vacant lots within 500 metres of St Marys’ main street will soon be filled with a 44-apartment community housing complex.
The Crown DA, lodged by Growthbuilt Pty Ltd on behalf of the Land and Housing Corporation, would see a five-storey complex with 23 one-bedroom units and 21 two-bedroom units built on the corner of Phillip and Lethbridge streets.
The $15 million project would see a single-storey house, two metal sheds, and an aviary demolished at 16 Phillip St to free up 1928.5 square metres of land.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 states a Crown DA must not be refused except with the approval of the NSW Planning Minister.
A planner from City Plan said the site was convenient for future residents.
“The site is within proximity of public transport, infrastructure and local facilities and services,”
“It benefits from excellent transport links to St Marys railway station and has good access to local and regional road networks via the Great Western Highway.
“The site is situated in proximity to Dunheved and St Marys employment areas, Erskine Business Park and Penrith Health and Education precinct.”
The planners said the development would be a “valuable contribution” to the area.
“The proposed residential flat building represents the desired future character of St Marys town
centre,” they said.
“It will regenerate the vacant sites on Phillip St and provide additional housing in an appropriate