CITY PARK: The planning proposal area of the City Park.A City Park is one step closer after Penrith City Council determined issues raised in public submissions –including parking –could be “adequately managed”.
The planning proposal for Penrith City Park seeks to rezone land bound by Station Street, Henry Street, Allen Place and Woodriff Street to allow residential use permissible.
The plans went on public exhibition in May this year, attracting a total of 17 submissions –13 from the community and four from public authorities.
A report to the council’s policy review committee earlier this month stated seven of the submissions raised concerns about the potential loss of parking at Allen Place, and argued it should be replaced.
But in its review of the submissions, council stated the parking situation would be adequately managed.
“The review concludes that the issues identified in the submissions, which primarily relate to traffic and parking, can be adequately managed through the planning and delivery of multi-storey car parks in the vicinity of City park and in identified locations in the city centre,” the report stated.
“In addition, future mixed use development will provide the required onsite parking.”
A detailed analysis of transport and traffic issues would be undertaken during the comprehensive review of the city centre, the report stated.
Other issues raised by public submissions included the under-utilisation of both Memory Park and the Pop Up Park in the city centre, which the submissions stated should be considered before “determining whether a city park is necessary”.
The report stated that City Park would “serve a different purpose” to both parks.
“The City Park is in a central location, close to Penrith station, High Street, Westfield and the existing commercial core. The park will also be surrounded by a mix of housing and specialist retail opportunities that the other parks do not provide,” it stated.
The report recommended the planning proposal progressed to the next stage of the gateway process.
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