‘Unacceptable’ lack of parking in multi-million expansion plans for exclusive St Catherine’s School.

Parking is at a premium around St Catherine’s, yet the school does not want to provide mo

Parking is at a premium around St Catherine’s, yet the school does not want to provide more as part of its redevelopment.

AN exclusive private school’s multimillion-dollar plan to build a performing arts complex and swimming pool has been dealt a blow.

Waverley Council last night labelled St Catherine’s School in Waverley’s $63 million master plan as “unacceptable”.

It called on the Department of Planning, who will consider the proposal, to request the school include a minimum of 200 extra car spaces as part of the proposal.

FEARS EXPANSION PLANS WILL INCREASE CHAOS AT ST CATHERINE’S

It also wants the school to build a drop off and pick up area on site to reduce the traffic impact in the already congested area.

Residents claim the school has not listened to their concerns.

The proposed development would double the height of some of the existing buildings.

The proposed development would double the height of some of the existing buildings.

They say on-street parking is near impossible and parents are constantly stopped over private driveways during school start and finish times.

Despite this, the school has only allocated an additional 19 car spaces in its proposal — taking the total to 75.

Last night councillor Angela Burrill said there was already a traffic problem in the area.

“With any future development we believe things should be improved, not made worse,’’ she said.

Residents have been up in arms about the school’s master plan

Residents have been up in arms about the school’s master plan

Resident Cathy Davitt said she was pleased with the outcome, but said the number of parking spaces should be doubled to at least 500.

“If they want that intensification of development then they have to provide a car park,’’ she said.

“They should build an underground one and if they can’t do it, they should look at getting an extra campus.”

Public submissions on the St Catherine’s master plan close on December 5.

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