“No chance in the world”: plans rejected for Stockland’s expansion of Castle Ridge Resort (NSW) retirement village

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The village operator’s multimillion-dollar redevelopment of its existing retirement village – the 30-year-old Castle Ridge Resort (31 kilometres west of Sydney CBD, pictured). But the plans have been labelled “completely overcooked” by local council.

The redevelopment was earmarked to feature nine buildings ranging from three to six storeys, accommodating almost 300 independent living units – as well as 388 basement car parks, community facilities, and central parkland and outdoor recreational space.

Councillor Robyn Preston accused Stockland of “bullying” residents over a lack of choices.

But Stockland Castle Ridge planning manager, Samantha Czyz, said the village is 50 years old and redevelopment of the site was necessary to provide residents with modern accommodation and improved quality-of-life.

“Unless we provide new contemporary retirement villages, which give residents safety, security and social interactions, many retirees will not have the choice to live in The Hills”, she told The Hills Shire Times.

Councillors have also said the proposed redevelopment site, which is on a main road, lacks the infrastructure to support increased density, and that the proposal “fails to deal with” potential traffic impacts.

Sydney’s Hills District has been a difficult location for retirement developments since last year, when a wave of seven new potential projects in the area sparked local fear of becoming a ‘geriatric city’ – resulting in significant objections from residents and causing The Hills Shire Council to adopt a policy to object to all new retirement village applications.