May 9, 2018 by admin
A 60,000-plot cemetery at Greendale was approved last Thursday, but community opposition has not yet been buried.
The Sydney West Joint Regional Planning Panel approved the cemetery at 321 Greendale Road, despite Liverpool Council recommending it be rejected.
The development will make it the second biggest cemetery in the Liverpool local government area, sitting on about 40 hectares.
Leppington’s Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery is the biggest, on just over 57 hectares.
The original development application was lodged more than two years ago and a decision was deferred twice.
Greendale resident Duncan McDonald said the community was not happy and would continue to fight the plan.
“The JRPP have ignored evidence that water contamination is a real threat to agriculture,” Mr McDonald said.
“They have ignored the risks associated with the road network.”
He said the panel referred to a revised soil testing report that “apparently the applicant submitted, which was not made available to the objectors”.
The area to be used for burials is just over 13 hectares while the Liverpool Development Control Plan requires a burial site to be at least 15 hectares.
The council received 216 submissions on the DA. Two Liverpool councillors are on the panel, Nadia Napoletano and Tony Hadchiti and both voted against the development.
“The residents had legitimate concerns that were ignored,” Mr McDonald said.
“We know Greendale Road is a shocker.”
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