Frequently asked questions
What is the approved building height and scale?
The concept approval is consistent with the existing maximum building height of 48 metres, which allows for buildings up to 15 storeys. The design of buildings will be determined through to further detailed design as part of future a Development Application. The application will be placed on public exhibition to give the community an opportunity to provide feedback.
How has traffic been considered?
Landcom submitted a Traffic and Transport Study with the application which investigated potential traffic impacts associated with the development. An independent traffic and transport consultant was engaged by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to undertake a peer review as part of the assessment process. They agreed that traffic associated with the proposal represented less than a 1% increase in traffic volume and that the development would not affect the existing performance level of major intersections.
How has parking been considered?
The car parking rates in Landcom’s original proposal were generally consistent with Council’s planning controls. However, the revised proposal responded to requests from the community to encourage new residents to walk, cycle and use public transport, instead of driving.
How much open and community space will there be?
The development will include 2,710m² of communal open space in courtyards between the buildings, as terraces on the rooftop of the podium structures linking the buildings and the rooftops of the buildings.
Additionally, the pedestrian link through the centre of the site has been redesigned to provide a wider, publicly accessible link between Beecroft Road and Ray Road. The landscaped pathway will make it easier and safer for people to move through the site.
Why is there no commercial space in the new development?
The concept SSDA allows for 750-1,000m2 of non-residential GFA space to service the daily needs of future and local residents and to provide local jobs. The Epping Town Centre has no market demand for office space and currently a high vacancy rate for commercial office space as larger companies prefer better serviced and amenity locations such as Macquarie Park, Parramatta and Chatswood. The site is not attractive to commercial tenants due to its location being outside of the Epping Town Centre and its residential setting.
In our addendum response, Hill PDA identified services for local needs would be more feasible for the site. Such local needs may potentially include smaller scale retail shops, grocery shops, food and beverage or medical centres.
How much Affordable Housing will be included in the development?
The proposal will provide a minimum of 5% of the total residential gross floor area as Affordable Housing managed by a registered Community Housing Provider. This is consistent with Landcom’s Housing Affordability and Diversity Policy and will provide homes for local households with low to moderate incomes.