THE Catholic Church is a Developer … make of that what you will!
AND in the guise of its role as an aged care provider … having been caught up in the scandal over abuse in nursing homes … is seeking to develop “seniors living” of three towers up to 12 storeys …
Seems a little excessive? Is it based on the presumption that the alleged increase of people aged over 65 is predicted to increase by 62% by 2036? Despite aged care having a toxic reputation? Something to avoid …
The cost of parking in hospital facilities across Sydney is prohibitive which results in the surrounding neighbourhoods being parked out.
These residents have, it would seem, every right to object to the loss of their amenity to benefit yet another developer!
Why, apart from cost cutting, does the Catholic Church not build three separate “seniors living” centres in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood in different suburbs to make them more accessible for the families?
AND when the lifts are out of action, how do they propose to get people out … that are infirm?
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An aged care provider caught up in the scandal over abuse in nursing homes is seeking to build a seniors living facility up to 12 storeys high in Sydney’s inner west.
But Catholic Healthcare’s proposal for an aged care facility housing 135 units and 144 beds in Lewisham, near the historic Petersham Park, is opposed by some residents.
The proposed facility includes the construction of three towers up to 12 storeys high as well as the refurbishment of two other buildings on the site of the former Lewisham Hospital and Convent.
The site currently houses the Lewisham Nursing Home, which was featured in last year’s Four Corners investigation into the treatment of the elderly in aged care homes.
“We strongly refute how that situation was characterised by the program,” she said. “Either way, that dispute has nothing to do with the current development application.”
A spokeswoman for the NSW Department of Planning and Environment said standards of care in aged care facilities were covered by federal government laws.
“Such issues are not included in the scope of NSW planning legislation,” she said. “The assessment of the development application is a matter for council.”
But Jenny Leong, the Greens member for Newtown, said the planning system should allow for consideration of the quality of care provided by the operators of aged care facilities.
“There needs to be adequate checks and balances applied to private operators in aged care and that the government must ensure that the elderly are protected and properly cared for,” she said.
Ms Leong also said the height, density and scale of the development did not comply with planning rules.
“This is not just a concern for the existing local community, but also for the quality of life and well-being of those who would be expected to live in these substandard conditions,” she said.
Large-scale developments that exceed planning rules had a significant detrimental impact on local neighbourhoods, Ms Leong said.
*It is criminal to build a wall of units around this park
Kathleen Reynolds, a spokeswoman for Save Petersham Park
Kathleen Reynolds, a spokeswoman for Save Petersham Park, said the 12 storeys were proposed for the crest of a hill and would be visible from the park.
*“It is criminal to build a wall of units around this park,” she said. “It is the only park for all of these people in the units which is more than a pocket-sized park. It is well used.”
*Ms Reynolds also expressed concern about the lack of public services such as hospitals, traffic congestion and parking difficulties that would be exacerbated by the development.
*The Catholic Healthcare spokeswoman said the proposed development complied with parking requirements and would not impact on the amount of green space in the area.
“Catholic Healthcare is committed to creating much needed additional services in Lewisham and surrounding suburbs for a growing ageing population,” she said.
*The number of people aged over 65 is predicted to increase by 62 per cent in the council area by 2036, according to the Department of Planning and Environment.
*Planning documents for the $169 million development, lodged with the Inner West Council, have been partially redacted, but reveal the proposal has already been scaled back in size.
A council spokeswoman said: “Council is currently assessing the development application and does not yet have a formal position. The issues raised by [the] Save Petersham Park group are considered as a part of the assessment process.”
But the decision to approve the aged care facility will be made by the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel.