Oran Park developers to build 1000-terrace precinct

An artist's impression of the terrace homes to be built in Oran Park.
An artist's impression of the terrace homes to be built in Oran Park.

"I found the design to be bland and unimaginative - future residents deserve better."

That's what Camden councillor Lara Symkowiak had to say about designs for a $43 million terrace-home precinct in Oran Park.

The precinct, known as The Arena, will be built in close proximity to the Oran Park town centre, parks and more.

Cr Symkowiak said she was concerned about the model presented to the panel.

"I understand that medium density housing has been planned there for sometime but I don't like the model," she said.

"I don't like the back laneway idea.

"I think it will encourage kids to play there and could be dangerous for people reversing out of their garages.

"It's the same design all along the length of the street and I don't think that's attractive."

Greenfields general manager of property Mick Owens said the medium density development would appeal to many people and have high levels of amenity.

"There is still a lot of detailed design to come," he said.

"I think the most important thing is offering a range of quality housing options for people.

"Oran Park is going to be a complete town with large blocks of land, smaller blocks of land, terrace homes and in the future we will have apartment living as well.

"Terrace homes generally have a lower price tag and are ideal for young couples, the elderly or smaller families."

The development was officially given the green light at a recent meeting of the Sydney Western City Planning Panel.

Cr Symkowiak agreed that medium density housing was needed in the region.

"One in four households are single person households now so we need housing options for people in all walks of life," she said.

"However I think this development will cause parking problems for residents due to the detached garage layout.

"I think garbage trucks will struggle to navigate the narrow roads and I think the back laneway idea could encourage anti-social behaviour.

"I think the other panel members also understood my concerns and that I was speaking on behalf of the community."

Mr Owens said Greenfields was looking forward to building The Arena.

"We have spent the best part of two years making sure this development was compliant," he said.

"The homes will be close to the splash park, walking tracks and other amenities - as well as being within walking distance to the town centre.

"I am very confident that the end product will be a great place to live."

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