New council report on land zones released as residents take their own action

If Blacktown Council approves its plan to rezone properties it could create a haven for crime and anti-social behaviour just outside the CBD, a privately commissioned report found.

Property owner Anthony Aiossa planned to develop his property at 1 Walters Road but was told earlier this year the council planned to rezone part of it as a park.

Mr Aiossa commissioned a report by Harris Crime Prevention Services, which concludes that the proposal would turn the property into an enclave hidden from street view.

‘‘The community safety risks are anti-social behaviour, nuisance or otherwise prolonged and noisy behaviour usually designed to intimidate neighbourhoods, and criminal behaviour,’’ the report says.

Mr Aiossa said the site was not appropriate for the proposed park.

‘‘Whilst I understand the council’s objective to provide more public space within the community, I strongly urge them to reconsider,’’ he said.

‘‘The resumption of this small parcel of land is more than likely to result in increased crime and anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood.’’

The proposal is part of the council’s controversial Draft Local Environmental Plan, which proposes the compulsory acquisition of about 800 privately owned homes to use mostly for public space.   

The plan also proposes developing about 30 vacant blocks and reserves.

A spokeswoman said the council could not respond to individual complaints such as Mr Aiossa’s.

A report that considered about 600 submissions to the draft plan is now available online at the council website.

A meeting about the new report will be held at the council chambers from 7pm Monday.

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