AN $80 million housing project has been held up by a dispute over infrastructure works linked to the proposed controversial rail overpass bridge at Riverstone.
D & K Developments Pty Ltd says it cannot start work until its preferred entry and exit roads to the proposed Grantham Estate is resolved with Transport for NSW and Blacktown Council.
Early this year the company received development approval for 283 housing lots in a 16-hectare site bounded by Grantham Street, Princess Street, Schoffel Street and the yet-to-be completed Loftus Street leading to Windsor Road.
But a Blacktown Council spokeswoman said there were no council requirements preventing the applicant proceeding with the development, with Princess Street providing access to and from the site.
It was learnt most residents wanted Transport for NSW to build the proposed overpass bridge at Loftus Street instead of Garfield Road in Riverstone CBD.
Developer Danny Wilson wants Transport for NSW and the council to use his section 94 infrastructure funds of about $10 million to buy the land between Grantham Street and Windsor Road to build a 200-metre two-lane road from his end of Loftus Road to Windsor Road.
"I only got approval to enter my site from Windsor Road to Woodland and Princess roads but have to return to Windsor Road by Victoria Street in Riverstone until the council buys a parcel of land and builds the stormwater detention basins.
"I have also got approval to upgrade Princess Street for exit to Hamilton Road in Riverstone as there is no right-turn into Windsor Road from there.
"But why do they want people to drive about eight kilometres to Hamilton Road to get back to Windsor Road when a 200-metre-long road from Loftus Road to Windsor and Boundary roads traffic lights will do?
"By extending Loftus Road I will also be helping to open the zoned land for about 5000 housing development lots proposed by the NSW government.
"It's very frustrating. We are so near and yet so far away from a resolution.
"I'm now finalising construction designs and should be selling housing lots to the public within the next six weeks."
A spokesman said Transport for NSW was not aware of any developments being delayed by ongoing investigations into the replacement of the level crossing of the Richmond Railway Line at Riverstone.
He said in October 2012, Transport for NSW said a bridge over the Richmond Railway Line at Garfield Road was the preferred option to ensure no traffic flow problems at Riverstone.
"In response to Blacktown Council concerns, Transport for NSW has agreed to consider alternative options if they can demonstrate transport and cost benefits equal to or better than the preferred option," he said.