Developers of South Village at Kirrawee say they want to increase the number of apartments by 59 to 808 to cater for a trend to lone person households.
Payce and DeiCorp said the change would provide more one-bedroom, and less three-bedroom, units without any increase in maximum gross floor space or parking spaces.
An application to modify the approved concept plan has been made to the Department of Planning and Environment.
The amendment will allow the development to provide a more appropriate response to the identified trend towards lone person household types.South Village application
The proposal, which comes on top of an application to include a childcare centre in the shopping centre, has drawn strong criticism.
A resident in the area adjoining the former brick pit site told the Leader she would be “very annoyed if this addition (and extra money grab) goes ahead”.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, said it was particularly upsetting because the initial proposal – before Payce bought the site – was for about about 400 apartments, which was then increased to 700.
”I know developers and council have said they are putting measures in to address additional traffic, however, I do feel there is still going to be a huge amount of congestion,” she said.
The application said the modification “retains the fundamental elements of the approved concept plan, however seeks consent to split 59 three bedroom apartments into 119 one bedroom apartments”.
“The amendment will allow the development to provide a more appropriate response to the identified trend towards lone person household types identified in A Plan for Growing Sydney and will also significantly improve housing affordability,” it said.
“The residential car parking provision on the site remains capable of supporting the proposed 808 apartments and proposed mix.”
The application said the increase in traffic movements would be “minor” and the total traffic generation would “remain well below the previously identified maximum capacity...”
A South Villlage spokesman said one bedroom apartments sold out quickly in initial sales, and the amendment was a response to demand.