Place strategy

[+] Toga loses bid to overturn Penway Place rejection

In April 2020, Toga resubmitted plans for the development, known as Penway Place, following an amendment to Penrith’s local environment plan to allow for an increase in building height and the ground surface.

The developer lobbied for its initial approval to go from 12 and 15 stories to 13 and 34 stories, respectively.

Toga’s remixed proposal for the site, which added 170 units as part of the first stage of the project, included three levels of basement parking, a five-storey podium containing commercial space and a new public roadway.

The two residential towers would have included 114 one-bedroom apartments, 133 two-bedroom units, 68 two-bedroom units with an office, and 41 three-bedroom units.

At the time, the developer said the changes would support the council’s strategic growth plans as the area develops into Sydney’s third CBD, with more than 60,000 new residents expected to move in by 2031.

However, the Sydney Western City Planning Panel has postponed Toga’s decision to give it more time to address Penrith Council’s concerns, in particular over the site’s strict planning controls for a maximum height of 24 meters and its offer of community infrastructure.

The council also argued that the 32,000m² development “was not in the public interest” and, if approved, would set an “undesirable precedent in the locality”.