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Controversial plans to build 75-storey apartment block in Sydney's western suburbs

A controversial development for a 75-storey apartment block has been labelled as ‘sheer madness’ by a local councillor. 

Developers are hoping to push through plans for the construction of a towering block of units at Parramatta in Sydney’s western suburbs. 

If they get the green light the block of flats would become the tallest building in the local government area –  at 243 metres tall – and only 50 metres shorter than the Barangaroo tower.

Developers are hoping to push through plans for the construction of a towering block of units at Parramatta in Sydney's western suburbs (pictured: an artist's rendition of the proposed development)

Developers are hoping to push through plans for the construction of a towering block of units at Parramatta in Sydney’s western suburbs (pictured: an artist’s rendition of the proposed development)

GLN Planning wants to turn the existing site at 8-14 Great Western highway into 400 units.

However the proposal has divided local government officials at the Parramatta Council.

Councillor Benjamin Barrak believes the development would take away from plans to establish Parramatta as a second CBD, reported the Parramatta Advertiser.

He believes he suburb needs more commercial buildings for offices.

‘What on earth are we doing? The majority of proposals that we get inside the CBD are for residential towers,’ Councillor Barrak said.

‘We have to create the employment space so this becomes the true centre of western Sydney. This is bigger than Barangaroo. It’s sheer madness.’

GLN Planning wants to turn the existing site at 8-14 Great Western highway (pictured) into 400 units

GLN Planning wants to turn the existing site at 8-14 Great Western highway (pictured) into 400 units

The proposal before Parramatta Council would involve the construction of a 75 storey tower which would soar past the existing tallest building which is the 53 floor Meriton Altitude Apartments and Hotel

The proposal before Parramatta Council would involve the construction of a 75 storey tower which would soar past the existing tallest building which is the 53 floor Meriton Altitude Apartments and Hotel 

Parramatta Deputy Lord Mayor Michelle Garrard however has thrown her support behind the proposal.

She said more residential space will be required if more people are working out of the area.

‘Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to live in the city where they’re working? We’re creating, in Parramatta square, 20,000 jobs with the developments that are coming,’ she said.

The Crown Casino and Hotel at Barangaroo are still under construction, and will soar to similar heights upon completion. 

The building will also come in at 75 storeys but is expected to tower to 271 metres while the Parramatta building will stand 243 metres tall. 

Planning restrictions limit new developments in the area to measure in at 75 storeys or less.

The tallest building in the suburb is the 53 storey Meriton Altitude apartments at hotel on Church Street in Paramatta. 

The Crown Casino and Hotel at Barangaroo are still under construction, and will soar to similar heights upon completion

The Crown Casino and Hotel at Barangaroo are still under construction, and will soar to similar heights upon completion

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