Elderslie residents call on people to take action against proposed developments

Proud locals: Elderslie residents hope people will join their campaign to reduce the size of two development proposals. Picture: Kayla Osborne
Proud locals: Elderslie residents hope people will join their campaign to reduce the size of two development proposals. Picture: Kayla Osborne

Camden Acres residents are concerned two development proposals in Elderslie could affect the region on a wider scale.

Locals say the proposals for a five-storey shopping and apartment complex and a 42-home subdivision should be revised to ensure traffic, flooding and environmental problems can be avoided.

Resident campaigner Zoe Rowe said the subdivision had always been a part of the masterplan for the area however the minimum lot size was inappropriate.

“The land lots are only 300 square metres and we have a lot of concerns about that,” she said.

“What the developer has proposed is outside of the original planning controls and we want to oppose that.”

Fellow resident Kerry Hughes said traffic had become a growing concern in the area.

“There will soon be a major arterial road going through there with an estimated 800 cars travelling it a day – and where are all these new residents going to park?” he said.

“Lodges Road is already gridlocked of a morning and afternoon and when you look at these proposals there could be more than 200 cars coming in here with no overflow parking.

“The kids at Elderslie will have to cross a major road to get to school one day.

“And is it really necessary to put 12 shops and a major supermarket out here? I don’t think so.”

Camden Acres resident Gordon Low said the number of units and shops proposed for the Elderslie town centre was inappropriate.

“They want to put 73 units up at the shops and 12 stores,” he said.

“We aren’t far from Camden, Narellan and Spring Farm so we are wondering why they need it. We can walk to the shops from here.”

Mr Low said the proposals would also wipe out one of the only nature reserves in the estates.

“They have to knock down 270 trees to build an access road, so everything here will be razed to the ground,” he said. “It’s a riparian way so we get a lot of birds and frogs feeding here. If you knock the trees down, it’ll affect the wildlife of the area.”

Mr Hughes raised concerns about flooding in the small estate.

“We have only had two serious floods here in 2012 and 2016 but now we have all these new estates going back to Camden Bypass and all their stormwater comes down here through the drains,” he said. “We will have a complex water problem here.

“The riparian way filled right to the top after the 32 mills of rain in December.”

The residents also expressed concern about the development’s affect on the Camden town centre.

“Camden shop owners are begging people to shop in town,” Mr Hughes said.

“They are struggling and now developers want to build a shopping centre here and make them struggle more.”

Ms Rowe said residents understood the developments would go ahead in some form but hoped the developer would consider building bigger blocks, keeping the trees shops and building a small neighbourhood centre.

She said their message to locals was simple.

“If you share the same concerns, please lodge a letter of objection to council by February 14,” she said. “Email letters to ryan.pritchard@camden.nsw.gov.au.”