Glenwood residents fight development application for boarding house

BACKLASH: Glenwood Community Association president Neil Caldwell and residents are fighting a proposal for a boarding house on Miami Street. Picture: Isabella Lettini
BACKLASH: Glenwood Community Association president Neil Caldwell and residents are fighting a proposal for a boarding house on Miami Street. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Glenwood residents are rallying together to fight a development application for a boarding house. 

We will not know what type of people will be living in the complex. This is a family-orientated area.

Andrew Bradshaw

The proposed development would see a part two storey and part three storey boarding house built on a vacant lot on the corner of Miami Street and Old Windsor Road. 

The boarding house would consist of 11 single lodger boarding rooms, four double lodger boarding rooms and a manager’s bedroom.

It would also include an indoor and outdoor communal space, and three car spaces, three motorcycle spaces and bicycle spaces.

Neighbour Andrew Bradshaw, who lives in a single-storey home behind the proposed site, said he held concerns about shadowing and privacy.

“The complex itself will be made from concrete, metal and timber and will have three signs on the building. This is totally not in the keeping of other homes in the area,” Mr Bradshaw said.

“As it will also be for short term stays under the state governments affordable housing, we will not know what type of people will be living in the complex.This is a family-orientated area.”

The application garnered more than 40 submissions during its exhibition period, which closed on September 1.

Glenwood Community Association president Neil Caldwell said the group would be pushing to block the proposal.

“We feel that it isn’t fair dinkum,” Mr Caldwell said. “It’s come under a boarding house act but there is nothing to regulate what the house does. We suspect it will be used for short stays. We have concerns for security with the transient individuals who come and go.

“We would be happy with a normal residential building to be built, which keeps with neighbouring buildings.”

The community group have spoken with Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly and Greenway MP Michelle Rowland over the matter. Blacktown councillor Julie Griffiths said she was highly opposed to the proposed development. 

“It’s going to have a major impact on the residents,” Cr Griffiths said. “Look at the location, it’s not an appropriate place to put it.

“Where are people going to park? It’s dangerous that there is no ability for people who reside there to park. The state government has to be accountable.”