8 Mansford Street North Toowoomba QLD 4350

Multiple Dwelling 5x3 Bedroom Units

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 9 months ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: Toowoomba Regional Council, reference MCUC/2018/5710)

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  1. Carroll Benson wrote to local councillor Sue Englart

    Being a next door neighbour to this property, is there any information regarding ownership and the layout of these dwellings. We have invested a substantial amount in our property since purchase from the previous owner of number 8 MANSFORD Street. This proposal was not told to us at the time of purchase in fact we were told by the agent and owner that the existing property on number 8 was to be restored. This street consists of residential houses so we do not think that 5 three bedroom units on such a small plot of land is in keeping with the area. We strongly object to this building without having a clear indication of what the proposed intention of these buildings are. Ie. for rent, or private individual ownership. We are very concerned that these dwellings May devalue our property and May impact on our enjoyment and privacy of our home.

    Delivered to local councillor Sue Englart. They are yet to respond.

  2. Virginia L LUNN commented

    Just another case of Rate Payers kept in the dark Carroll, such a shame we have a council like this in what used to be a beautiful area

  3. Carroll Benson commented

    I know Virginia. The house on the land has lovely old miners cottage with bull nosed verandah set to be demolished. Do we always have to destroy the past to make way for new all the time. One day there will be nothing left just a load of concrete designed to make a quick buck for developers.

  4. Chris Doneley wrote to local councillor Mike Williams

    I can see why you're frustrated, disappointed and saddened by this. The cottage would restore beautifully. No one seems to care.

    Delivered to local councillor Mike Williams. They are yet to respond.

  5. Janine Jackson commented

    This is a horrendous proposal. There needs to be firm guidance from council that allows for the look and feel of Toowoomba’s lovely suburbs to remain so. A development like this should be out in a suburb that’s already been ruined by over development. Please please please consider what the impact will be of setting this precedent. Once it happens once, it will be allowed time and time again.

  6. Audrey Lambert wrote to local councillor Geoff McDonald

    Councillors please preserve the history and heritage of our older suburbs and refrain from approving these kind of developments in their midst

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    Geoff McDonald local councillor for Toowoomba Regional Council
    replied to Audrey Lambert

    Good afternoon Audrey

    Thank you for engaging in the Planning Alerts notifications. Council is yet to assess the development application you have commented.

    Kind Regards
    Geoff

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    On 21 Nov 2018, at 5:22 pm, Audrey Lambert <> wrote:

    Councillors please preserve the history and heritage of our older suburbs and refrain from approving these kind of developments in their midst

    From Audrey Lambert to local councillor Geoff McDonald

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    Audrey Lambert posted this message to you on PlanningAlerts in response to the following planning application.

    Your reply, and any other response to this email, will be sent to Audrey Lambert and posted on the PlanningAlerts website publicly.

    Planning Application for 8 Mansford Street North Toowoomba QLD 4350

    Description: Multiple Dwelling 5x3 Bedroom Units

    Read more and see what others have to say here:
    https://www.planningalerts.org.au/applications/1109660?utm_campaign=view-application&utm_medium=email&utm_source=councillor-notifications

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  7. Kirrily Scarff commented

    I am very confused by this application. As a homeowner in this street, I received a letter from the Toowoomba Regional Council last year stating that the blocks in this area were not allowed to be subdivided nor have units built on them??? Has this changed or is this only applicable to some numbers in the street??????? I will certainly be investigating this further. High density living will only contribute to the already congested intersection at North and Ruthven Streets - very poor town planning. In addition there is a beautiful native grass in the front yard, which is a protected species. Surely the council is not seriously considering such a development to go ahead, especially a multi-storey dwelling - it would stand out like an eyesore in the area. As well this area of the city is characterized by heritage homes - why on earth would someone want to destroy the old home to build units, totally out of character with the existing homes.

  8. Carroll Benson commented

    Now I’ve seen the artist sketch of the two storey dwellings proposed for this site I am even more concerned. I will have five homes all overlooking my backyard. I will have lost all privacy and my right to have privacy. Also the western sun will be blocked from mid afternoon onwards posibly causing our plants to suffer. With five families living on a suburban block there will be congestion in an already narrow street. I expect cars will be parked out the front of my property also. Agreeing with Kirrilly with regards to the native tree. It must be ancient as I have never seen one this size before and should be protected surely. I’m sure you need some kind of licence to even plant one these days. In your wisdom do not approve this plan Councillors.

  9. Paddy Boxall wrote to local councillor Geoff McDonald

    I agree with all of the comments that have been posted so far. We had a similar situation in Bridge/Cavell Streets. A proposal to built multiple two-storied units on conjoining blocks, necessitating the removal of two older houses. By any stretch of the imagination, consider that the units in Mansford Street will require car parking for at least five (5) vehicles, let alone visitors. Also we will be looking at Twenty-four (24) wheelie bins, Plus the associated noise, odour , etc from them. Also, the ever increasing amount of couriers delivering parcels, packages, etc due to the change in purchasing habits of the city. I see at least three, to four of these deliveries each day in my street, which is fairly wide and access is not difficult. Once again we are being screwed by the people we elected to govern our city on our behalf.

    Delivered to local councillor Geoff McDonald. They are yet to respond.

  10. Kirrily Scarff wrote to local councillor Bill Cahill

    It appears that the native grass tree on this block is at least 200 years old and possibly older - they can live for up to 450 years old. They are also of huge significance to the Indigenous community. These plants do not transplant as they have a very complex root system. Any development could not take place within at least five meters of the plant, so as not to disrupt its fragile root system. So amazing to see such a spectacular grass tree has survived the city's development.

    Delivered to local councillor Bill Cahill. They are yet to respond.

  11. Kirrily Scarff commented

    Just wondering how the council wheelie bin trucks are going to be able to drive up and down the street with the increased number of cars parked on the road, as a result of an extra five residences - most of which will have at least two cars, most likely more given the units are three bedroom and many professional people live in the area. If two cars are parked on the street opposite each other, remembering that parking on the footpath is illegal, it is only possible for a small sedan to drive past. A commercial vehicle won't be able to get past and certainly not a truck. What plan does the planning authority have for this? How many car spaces will be provided for each residence - five in total are currently planned. In addition what is the latest development on the protected tree in the front yard? Please advise.....

  12. Ginny Lunn wrote to local councillor Chris Tait

    Well Kirrily, I think its more about raking in more rate money than anything else

    Delivered to local councillor Chris Tait. They are yet to respond.

  13. Anonymous wrote to local councillor Carol Taylor

    Just wondering why no member of council has been able to respond to any of our concerns regarding this planning application. Feels like we are not important to you. I thought we elected you the council, to represent us, the ratepayers. Would it be possible for you to give us some feedback on what you have put forward on our behalf to the planning committee and their responses.

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    Carol Taylor local councillor for Toowoomba Regional Council
    replied to Anonymous

    Dear ??

    I'm happy to respond to the community

    Planning sits under a state planning legislation and Council's Planning Scheme, and while council listens to people who express their views ,we are unable to state our personal view
    If councillors did this ( under the local government act) then we would have to absent ourselves from the decision making

    When emails are sent to all councillors - then it is left to the Mayor or the Planning Chair ( Cr Tait) to reply on behalf of us all
    Please be assured that I read through all emails I receive - to send a detailed reply to all the emails I receive I would need a secretary , but I do read through every one

    I apologise if that's what you expect but I think to be aware of your views is the most important point for myself .

    Council has a planning scheme which guides all development in our TR region
    Public comment on zoning was sought when it was put together after amalgamation and taken into account
    A new Planning Scheme is in the early stages at present
    Can I ask you and everyone you can influence to please keep an eye out for public notification and have your say on the zoning and other matters this scheme covers - it's important because we all live here and should have a say on our future development

    Thank you for taking the time to contact me , I will most certainly pay close attention to this and other planning matters
    Cr Carol Taylor
    DeputyMayor
    Toowoomba Regional Council
    Sent from my iPhone

    On 17 Mar 2019, at 10:38 am, Anonymous <> wrote:

    Just wondering why no member of council has been able to respond to any of our concerns regarding this planning application. Feels like we are not important to you. I thought we elected you the council, to represent us, the ratepayers. Would it be possible for you to give us some feedback on what you have put forward on our behalf to the planning committee and their responses.

    From Anonymous to local councillor Carol Taylor

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    Anonymous posted this message to you on PlanningAlerts in response to the following planning application.

    Your reply, and any other response to this email, will be sent to Anonymous and posted on the PlanningAlerts website publicly.

    Planning Application for 8 Mansford Street North Toowoomba QLD 4350

    Description: Multiple Dwelling 5x3 Bedroom Units

    Read more and see what others have to say here:
    https://www.planningalerts.org.au/applications/1109660?utm_campaign=view-application&utm_medium=email&utm_source=councillor-notifications

    Best wishes,

    PlanningAlerts

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  14. Pat Bartholomew wrote to local councillor Carol Taylor

    prior to the last TRC elections, when Megan O'Hara - Sullivan was running her campaign and had her election stall at PYC, I spoke to her about all this development and she stated she was opposed to it all and would be taking a stand on it. Well we have not heard a murmur form her now that she is collecting the big pay packet. It is even tougher to get things changed when the Manaher of Planning and Development Mr Stewart Summers is also engaging in this type of developments
    The concerns of the residents does not matter one bit to this mob in council. their jobs as Councillors is to collect the dosh, and not do too much for it.

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    Carol Taylor local councillor for Toowoomba Regional Council
    replied to Pat Bartholomew

    Dear Pat
    Thank you for emailing me around planning matters

    I'm not sure if our community realised that planning ( for all areas) sits under state planning legislation

    Council cannot comment on applications lodged. If they do they must absent themselves from any decision making
    Our planning scheme sets down what can happen in different areas
    Our community was invited to comment when this was being pulled together after amalgamation

    A new planning scheme is planned for now and I would ask you and our community to have their say
    Applicants can appeal council decisions and this is difficult to understand as the planning and environment court makes a judgement

    Council doesn't have total power over applications - this is true

    I won't comment on another councillor except to say that people don't realise the state role and councils responsibilities until they are on council

    I apologise if we don't get that message out to our community and it's difficult to be blamed for decisions that are sometimes outside our decision making power

    Kind regards

    Cr Carol Taylor
    DeputyMayor
    Toowoomba Regional Council
    Sent from my iPhone

    On 17 Mar 2019, at 5:46 pm, Pat Bartholomew <> wrote:

    prior to the last TRC elections, when Megan O'Hara - Sullivan was running her campaign and had her election stall at PYC, I spoke to her about all this development and she stated she was opposed to it all and would be taking a stand on it. Well we have not heard a murmur form her now that she is collecting the big pay packet. It is even tougher to get things changed when the Manaher of Planning and Development Mr Stewart Summers is also engaging in this type of developments
    The concerns of the residents does not matter one bit to this mob in council. their jobs as Councillors is to collect the dosh, and not do too much for it.

    From Pat Bartholomew to local councillor Carol Taylor

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    Pat Bartholomew posted this message to you on PlanningAlerts in response to the following planning application.

    Your reply, and any other response to this email, will be sent to Pat Bartholomew and posted on the PlanningAlerts website publicly.

    Planning Application for 8 Mansford Street North Toowoomba QLD 4350

    Description: Multiple Dwelling 5x3 Bedroom Units

    Read more and see what others have to say here:
    https://www.planningalerts.org.au/applications/1109660?utm_campaign=view-application&utm_medium=email&utm_source=councillor-notifications

    Best wishes,

    PlanningAlerts

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  15. Leigh Harriman wrote to local councillor Chris Tait

    North Toowoomba, one of Toowoombas oldest suburbs, needs to be protected. I am also trying for common sense to prevail in my street, Walton Street. Our little dead end street has had dwelling numbers DOUBLE with another application on the table at council for more. Every car that comes into my little street has to go out the same way. It seems to be a drag strip down the hill to Ruthven with the noise level of vehicles horrendous. The "footpath" out the front of my home is less than a metre. Visitors needing to find a parking spot from the units, block our driveways by parking opposite gateways. I want the council to refer these applications to the State and maybe then we can get some unjust Development Applications stopped at the highest level. Someone has to care!! Quality of life is important to all, and our heritage needs to remain for our future generations!

    Delivered to local councillor Chris Tait. They are yet to respond.

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