42A Bluett Drive, Smeaton Grange

Galvanising Plant

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website over 3 years ago. The date it was received by them was not recorded.

(Source: NSW Joint Regional Planning Panels, reference 2016SYW163 DA)

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  1. Chris Harris commented

    I ask that this application is rejected based on it exceeds the maximum height restrictions for Smeaton Grange, which is 11m. This is a sufficient height for light industrial. The applicant requires at least 15mx 122m to install the machinery, therefore as the Environmental Impact Statement, I suggest another site is sourced as the "11m height limitation provides an appropriate standard for standard industrial development consisting of industrial, warehousing and distribution and manufacturing".

    6.14.3. Potential Impacts Social
    I disagree with the statement on page 119 when the report states "The Proposal is both consistent with and complimentary to the nature, character and scale of the existing Industrial Estate". We say childcare, high schools, roller skating rinks, gyms, coffee shops, swimming pools, Jump Zones, Inflatable world, car yard, offices are not consistent with a Hot Dip Galvanising Plant.

    Noise Assessment - p. 24
    We object to this being approved as the reports states the noise from the factory may disturb our sleep. We also challenge the location choice of the noise sensitivity receptor locations in Currans Hill. We ask would this noise exceeds Councils standards?

    7.1 Potential odour impact, p. 27
    "Emission of HCl from the scrubber would be discharged to the environment, and the scrubbers may have the potential to produce odour emissions during the operation of the Project". This statement conflicts with the conclusion summary when they said the sensitive receptors would not lead to any unacceptable level of environmental harm or impact in the surrounding area. Due to the 34% of children who live in Currans Hill, some with heightened sensory issues this would be very significant to these families.

    Too toxic to be so close to children
    Adults and children who will be living within meters from this plant, some up to 20 years next to this potential factory. Some may have the right to be concerned over the long-term effects of the toxic pollutants. "Toxic air pollutants are emitted from galvanizing plants. Fine particles bypass the body’s defense mechanisms with negative consequences for respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Hydrogen chloride emissions form corrosive hydrochloric acid on contact with body tissue, causing lung, skin and eye damage. Ammonia is also an irritant to the skin and eyes; chronic exposure may lead to irritation of the respiratory tract, asthma and lung fibrosis. Exposures to high levels of zinc have been associated with pulmonary inflammation and injury. Lead affects virtually every system in the body and is particularly harmful to young children". Source: Page 1,
    http://www.bredl.org/…/factsheet100131southatlanticgalvaniz

    I object to the Hot Dip Galvanising plant being developed on 42a Bluett Drive in Smeaton Grange due to it exceeds the maximum height restrictions and the location is too close to a residential area and local community businesses.

    For community reaction to the application please visit https://www.facebook.com/No-Hot-Dip-Galvanising-Plant-in-Smeaton-Grange-898412743579251/

  2. Samantha Caruana commented

    I ask that this application is rejected based on a number of factors.
    1) it exceeds the maximum height restrictions for Smeaton Grange, which is 11m. This is a sufficient height for light industrial. The applicant requires at least 15mx 122m to install the machinery, therefore as the Environmental Impact Statement, I suggest another site is sourced as the "11m height limitation provides an appropriate standard for standard industrial development consisting of industrial, warehousing and distribution and manufacturing".

    6.14.3. Potential Impacts Social
    I disagree with the statement on page 119 when the report states "The Proposal is both consistent with and complimentary to the nature, character and scale of the existing Industrial Estate".

    I disagree and that childcare, high schools, roller skating rinks, gyms, coffee shops, swimming pools, Jump Zones, Inflatable world, car yard, offices are not consistent with a Hot Dip Galvanising Plant.

    Noise Assessment - p. 24
    We object to this being approved as the reports states the noise from the factory may disturb our sleep. We also challenge the location choice of the noise sensitivity receptor locations in Currans Hill. We ask would this noise exceeds Councils standards?

    7.1 Potential odour impact, p. 27
    "Emission of HCl from the scrubber would be discharged to the environment, and the scrubbers may have the potential to produce odour emissions during the operation of the Project". This statement conflicts with the conclusion summary when they said the sensitive receptors would not lead to any unacceptable level of environmental harm or impact in the surrounding area. Due to the 34% of children who live in Currans Hill, some with heightened sensory issues this would be very significant to these families.

    I have a child that suffers ASD and tge noise will be an issue for him. Too toxic to be so close to children
    Adults and children who will be living within meters from this plant, some up to 20 years next to this potential factory. My self and 3 of my children are asthmatic and the toxins will have a severe impact on oyr health. Some others may have the right to be concerned over the long-term effects of the toxic pollutants. "Toxic air pollutants are emitted from galvanizing plants. Fine particles bypass the body’s defense mechanisms with negative consequences for respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Hydrogen chloride emissions form corrosive hydrochloric acid on contact with body tissue, causing lung, skin and eye damage. Ammonia is also an irritant to the skin and eyes; chronic exposure may lead to irritation of the respiratory tract, asthma and lung fibrosis. Exposures to high levels of zinc have been associated with pulmonary inflammation and injury. Lead affects virtually every system in the body and is particularly harmful to young children". Source: Page 1,
    http://www.bredl.org/…/factsheet100131southatlanticgalvaniz

    I object to the Hot Dip Galvanising plant being developed on 42a Bluett Drive in Smeaton Grange due to it exceeds the maximum height restrictions and the location is too close to a residential area and local community businesses.

  3. R Easby commented

    I object to this proposal.
    Smeaton Grange site is within close proximity to homes of families with and without young children. Toxins released from a plant like this will without doubt affect the local community.

    The plant will also be incompatible with existing surrounding buissines wich include roller skating, café, gym just to mention a few.

    Hot dip galvanizing is too heavy an industry for an area like Smeaton Grange.

  4. Michelle McCauley commented

    I ask that this application is rejected based on a number of factors.
    1) it exceeds the maximum height restrictions for Smeaton Grange, which is 11m. This is a sufficient height for light industrial. The applicant requires at least 15mx 122m to install the machinery, therefore as the Environmental Impact Statement, I suggest another site is sourced as the "11m height limitation provides an appropriate standard for standard industrial development consisting of industrial, warehousing and distribution and manufacturing".

    6.14.3. Potential Impacts Social
    I disagree with the statement on page 119 when the report states "The Proposal is both consistent with and complimentary to the nature, character and scale of the existing Industrial Estate".

    I disagree and that childcare, high schools, roller skating rinks, gyms, coffee shops, swimming pools, Jump Zones, Inflatable world, car yard, offices are not consistent with a Hot Dip Galvanising Plant.

    Noise Assessment - p. 24
    We object to this being approved as the reports states the noise from the factory may disturb our sleep. We also challenge the location choice of the noise sensitivity receptor locations in Currans Hill. We ask would this noise exceeds Councils standards?

    7.1 Potential odour impact, p. 27
    "Emission of HCl from the scrubber would be discharged to the environment, and the scrubbers may have the potential to produce odour emissions during the operation of the Project". This statement conflicts with the conclusion summary when they said the sensitive receptors would not lead to any unacceptable level of environmental harm or impact in the surrounding area. Due to the 34% of children who live in Currans Hill, some with heightened sensory issues this would be very significant to these families.

    I have a child that suffers ASD and the noise will be an issue for him. Too toxic to be so close to children
    Adults and children who will be living within meters from this plant, some up to 20 years next to this potential factory. My self and 2 of my children are asthmatic and the toxins will have a severe impact on oyr health. Some others may have the right to be concerned over the long-term effects of the toxic pollutants. "Toxic air pollutants are emitted from galvanizing plants. Fine particles bypass the body’s defense mechanisms with negative consequences for respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Hydrogen chloride emissions form corrosive hydrochloric acid on contact with body tissue, causing lung, skin and eye damage. Ammonia is also an irritant to the skin and eyes; chronic exposure may lead to irritation of the respiratory tract, asthma and lung fibrosis. Exposures to high levels of zinc have been associated with pulmonary inflammation and injury. Lead affects virtually every system in the body and is particularly harmful to young children". Source: Page 1,
    http://www.bredl.org/…/factsheet100131southatlanticgalvaniz

    I object to the Hot Dip Galvanising plant being developed on 42a Bluett Drive in Smeaton Grange due to it exceeds the maximum height restrictions and the location is too close to a residential area and local community businesses.

  5. Tina commented

    I am a resident of currans hill and vote to reject this application. The environment and those living in it will suffer dearly. There is a daycarw just down the street from this site which makes it very dangerous to the children.

  6. Andrew Wardle commented

    I wish to place my submission against the proposed development.

    HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
    Large quantities of chemicals such as Hydrochloric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Dichromate, Zinc Ammonium Chloride and molten Zinc will be stored on site next to Kenny Creek and are classified as corrosive and dangerous. The tanks will mostly be next to Kenny Creek that runs into Harrington Park Lake then on into the Nepean River. These same chemicals will be transported through SMEATON GRANGE and if spillage occurs it will be disastrous either in transit or in storage. Even walls around the storage tanks will be not sufficient enough for complete protection against such corrosive chemicals especially so close to a residential area, school, Day Care Centre and food processing plants as well as sensitive native vegetation areas.
    "Emission of HCl from the scrubber would be discharged to the environment, and the scrubbers may have the potential to produce odour emissions during the operation of the Project". This statement conflicts with the conclusion summary when they said the sensitive receptors would not lead to any unacceptable level of environmental harm or impact in the surrounding area. Due to the 34% of children who live in Currans Hill, some with heightened sensory issues this would be very significant to these families.

    AIR POLUTION
    The proposal states the “There would only be minimal air pollution and would not generate offensive odour” However modelling shows that the emissions would extend over CURRANS HILL, GREGORY HILLS , SMEATON GRANGE, covering surrounding business and houses in the nearby suburbs depending on prevailing winds. This development needs to have a Licence to Pollute and an application has been made for the emission of Hydrochloric Acid and Zinc Oxide. This proposal is too toxic to be so close to children. Adults and children who will be living within meters from this plant, some up to 20 years next to this potential factory. Some may have the right to be concerned over the long-term effects of the toxic pollutants. "Toxic air pollutants are emitted from galvanizing plants. Fine particles bypass the body’s defence mechanisms with negative consequences for respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Hydrogen chloride emissions form corrosive hydrochloric acid on contact with body tissue, causing lung, skin and eye damage. Ammonia is also an irritant to the skin and eyes; chronic exposure may lead to irritation of the respiratory tract, asthma and lung fibrosis. Exposures to high levels of zinc have been associated with pulmonary inflammation and injury. Lead affects virtually every system in the body and is particularly harmful to young children".
    These emissions have the potential to cause acid rain, asthma and other respiratory conditions in residents living nearby. Also in close proximity there are child care facilities, food processing plants, and physical fitness gyms other sporting facilities and Mary Magdalene High School. This raises the question who is going to pay for damage over time for damage to houses and cars through chemical reaction, this would not be considered wear and tear, also taking into account washing on the line hung out at the back of residences including items for newborn babies as well as older school children, and who is going to pay for the medical treatment for those developing respiratory treatment at their Doctors Surgeries’ or Hospitals due to the emissions of this plant?

    NOISE
    Once the facility is in operation it will be running 24 hours a day 7 days a week with noise levels at night with an estimated frequency on 10-15 events over the recommended noise limit. The DA states that Night operations will be made with community consultation, it does not state how that will take place or how wide the consultative area will be or how often it will take place. It must be noted that most residential neighbours will say NO! Factories such as this needed to be fully noise insulated so that NO noise goes outside it boundaries at all at any time, the cost needs to borne by the developer. The noise level will be above Councils recommended level.

    TRAFFIC
    The report makes reference to "the noise contribution from traffic generated by the proposed facility will be negligible at residences on neighbouring Camden Valley Way." What about the noise along Hartley Road – much closer to CURRANS HILL and the noise to residences immediately behind the factory in CURRANS HILL. Who is going to police the traffic routes taken by transport trucks to and from the site? Hartley Road is likely to be the road of choice for most drivers going to the M5. Considering the shortest distance from the M5 to the factory is via Hartley Road, past CURRANS HILL, where is that noise assessment report for Hartley Road? In the past Hartley Road had a restriction to heavy vehicles using it during restricted times. This needs to be put back into place and signage put up to create awareness to heavy vehicle drivers. The risk of trucks and cars colliding at the roundabout at Hartley Road and Currans Hill Drive is too high, particularly for those using Jack Nash Reserve for sporting fixtures and for parents who drive their children to the neighbouring schools including Mount Annan High, Mary Magdalene High and Mount Annan Christian School. This roundabout is also used by residents to access Narellan Road for both directions and also to access Camden Valley way via Anderson Rd. This roundabout is already on ‘overload’.

    BUILDING HEIGHTS
    The building height for the area has a height limit in the Local Environmental Plans of 11 metres, this is a sufficient height for light industrial. The applicant requires at least 15mx 122m to install the machinery, therefore as the Environmental Impact Statement, suggest another site is sourced as the 11metre height limitation provides an appropriate standard for standard industrial development consisting of industrial, warehousing and distribution and manufacturing". and this application shows a height limit of 16 metres way above council’s limit for the area. Developers will always try to push boundaries and these need to be policed to prevent this type of getting around Council Control Documents and Policy. Proper standards need to be maintained.

    SOCIAL IMPACT
    I disagree with the statement on page 119 when the report states "The Proposal is both consistent with and complimentary to the nature, character and scale of the existing Industrial Estate". childcare, high schools, roller skating rinks, gyms, coffee shops, swimming pools, Jump Zones, Inflatable world, car yard, offices are not consistent with a Hot Dip Galvanising Plant. This does not even report on the effect on nearby residences in Currans Hill.

    SMEATON GRANGE has a mix of industries including warehouses, distribution centres, depots, food manufacturing plants, childcare facilities, and other general business including eateries, sporting and fitness centres as well as offices and Mary Magdalene High School. CURRANS HILL, GREGORY HILLS has a large residential population and schools all these are directly under the path of toxic air polluting chemicals.

    There is no place in SMEATON GRANGE for this type of polluting business whether it is by chemicals or noise. This development is not light industrial; it is heavy, toxic, polluting industry. This type of business needs to be as far away from residential areas, food processing plants, child care, sporting facilities and schools as possible.
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  7. Luke Cascarino commented

    I, as a resident, am opposed to this proposed development.
    1. Chemicals transported, stored and used are hazardous to health and environment; are deemed corrosive and dangerous. These chemicals will be stored in close proximity to Kenny Creek which runs into the Nepean River. Potential spillage close to schools and homes could create a localized disaster. Both Currans Hill and Gregory Hills are suburbs aimed at young families, the presence of the chemicals including Hydrogen Chloride, could present future health issues.
    2. Pollution, particularly air pollution, has been shown to directly affect residents and workplaces in Currans Hill, Gregory Hills and Smeaton Grange. These suburbs will be directly affected by the air borne particles of Hydrogen Chloride, Ammonium and Zinc, all of which have been proven to have severe health impacts. These chemicals directly result in the creation of acid rain, affecting homes, cars, clothing, and the environment.
    Noise Pollution from running 24/7 is another factor that will impact resident in neighbouring suburbs. Noise levels at night will be at above the legal limit, and the solution in the DA is community consultation; which is not defined. Which resident would happily approve the excessive noise at 2am on a Monday morning?
    3. Traffic caused by the trucks operating along residential roads with small round abouts, sharp turns and narrow roads with cars parked on either side will be interesting at the least. Add to that the noise caused by low gear acceleration of trucks,
    4. The proposed building height exceeds the limit of 11m for light industrial as defined by the Local Environmental Plans. Why does this limit get ignored in this development? Can I build my house closer to my boundary just because I like a wider house? Why do the rules get bent for the developer?
    5. The statement on page 119, saying the proposal fits in with the current industrial estate is a blatant lie. The current industrial estate consists of smaller factories, operating within normal business hours, within the height limits and not using the extremely dangerous chemicals this proposal does. That combined with the fact that these other industrial buildings were there prior to most residents, meant that most people knew of the potential dangers and could have chosen not to live there.
    Finally, as a resident, I purchased my land, built my house and grew my vegetable garden with the outlook of the current environment being safe and clean. The proposal takes away the safety and cleanliness by potentially exposing me, my food and my air to dangerous chemicals.
    I, as a resident, am opposed to this proposed development.
    1. The air pollution; from the trucks and the productions. It will directly

  8. Ray Morgan commented

    DA 1122/2015
    I, as a resident, am opposed to this proposed development. Firstly, I apologise for the late notification, I have sent a response to Camden Council but now believe this to have been the best avenue to place my objections. The area surrounding this proposal has a healthy environmental status. To build this galvanising plant will place it at significant risk. The opposition I have to this application can be listed as;
    1. Chemicals transported, stored and used are hazardous to health and environment; are deemed corrosive and dangerous. These chemicals will be stored in close proximity to Kenny Creek which runs into the Nepean River. An accidental spillage into the environment when containment is breached will have a lifelong impact on the environment and the surrounding community.
    2. Pollution and air quality are a concern with this proposal. My residence is near the proposed plant and places my family and the surrounding community at risk of increased air pollution. I have a self-sustaining vegetable garden and pride myself and family on being healthy because of it. The residue from increased air pollution settling on the garden places the health of the garden, my family and friends that I provide fresh produce to at risk.
    3. Noise Pollution associated to 24/7 operation. As a shift worker, I understand the difficulties in getting quality sleep. A proposal such as this involving 24hr operation and handling of metals, will provide sudden and elevated noise levels that will impact on the surrounding community and disturb its sleep patterns.
    4. Traffic caused by the trucks operating along residential roads with small roundabouts, sharp turns and narrow roads with cars parked on either side pose a significant risk to personal property and individuals getting out of cars.
    5. The proposed building height exceeds the limit of 11 m for light industrial as defined by the Local Environmental Plans.
    6. The proposed galvanising plant is not suitable for and does not align with current factories within the Smeaton Grange industrial estate. The estate currently consists of smaller factories, operating within normal business hours, that meet the proposed height limit of 11 m for light industry and do not pose a significant threat to environment and community health as this proposal does.
    My family and myself have lived in Currans Hill for 11 years and in the district all our lives. If this proposal was available when we first looked at buying in Currans Hill, you can be assured we would not have purchased this beautiful home in this magnificent suburb. If this proposal goes forward, my family will move from our current residence, as I will not expose my family to this risk and we are not alone.
    I believe this proposal is not reasonable and will not be accepted in any format. A galvanising plant is unacceptable in the Smeaton Grange industrial estate and within close proximity to my residence.

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