Recent comments on applications from Georges River Council (Hurstville), NSW

  1. In Blakehurst NSW on “Construction of a...” at 513 Princes Highway, Blakehurst, NSW Australia:

    Alan Taylor commented

    Since the approved development of Dwyer lane, 10 ywars ago. The addition of a Foot bridge for access to Blakehurst Primary School. Additional places and facilities at the Secondary School.The development of the past Motel will make the area even more intolerable with congestion for existing residents. This is a major thourough fare with poor turning into Primcess Hwy.

  2. In Peakhurst NSW on “New Single...” at 24 Evans Street, Peakhurst, NSW Australia:

    Nick Eeles commented

    I believe they are now constructing a 3 storey building which does not comply with the 2 storey dwelling in the development approval. It is a concern and will affect our privacy

  3. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    MandyZ commented

    This is a terrible idea!!! Just cannot believe the DA can really benefit the community, especially for the residents who live around there. It would create so many concerns about this development, such as privacy, safety issue, noise, any issues relate to the construction and foundation and overshadowing of neighbouring properties and veridian. We already have a new boarding house near that street, what's the point to have another one?? How many boarding houses does Kogarah need??? What about the people who live on 5-8th floor which their balconies will be blocked by this DA? Did they purchase the apartment for nothing or for a wall? Sounds like the purpose of the establishment of the DA is to provide benefit for the Kogarah community, what if it has already raised so many issues about it, or people are getting so many concerns and suffering from it??? Hopefully the council won't approve this development and seriously consider the huge and negative impact it will cause!!!!!!

  4. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    Romel commented

    This plan is way overdeveloped. I have seen the development plans, and I must say the building should not be 8 floors. Two surrounding building share a common wall with this property and if built the people on 5th to 8th floor will have a wall in front of their balconies or having an apartment right in front of their living room/bedroom with no sunlight or airflow. There will be no privacy, and there will be a safety issue as anyone can jump the fence and go into other building balconies. The distance between the units will be 3 meters or less. The shadow diagrams given to council are for 5 storey, but the application is for 8 storey. They are going to have 1 car lift. They need a minimum of 2 car lifts! How does that work for a small piece of land with 8 levels? To top it all they are going to dig 3 levels down next to the two-buildings, which will create more issues for the structural integrity of the adjoining buildings. I request to the council not approve this development. This development will cause nothing but grief and suffering to the residents in the adjoining building.

  5. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    Christine Yuen commented

    There are so many issues about this development that need to be addressed before council even begins to consider the viability of yet another boarding house in Kogarah - there are already 2 or 3 boarding houses within a two block radius of this current proposal, for starters.

    - The land is incredibly narrow and 50 rooms is simply inconceivable. That's 7 rooms per level. So many people living in claustrophobic quarters right next to the RSL - licensed alcohol and possibly gambling machines - sounds like an eventual recipe for disaster

    - Excessive overshadowing of neighbouring properties, especially the Veridian. The design of the Veridian seamlessly allows 5 storeys to be built on the mechanic site - Toska mechanic was fully aware of this during construction, as Veridian developers tried very hard to buy their land and amalgamate into Veridian. Toska refused, ended up with an isolated site, and are now offering their land to a boarding house development that will completely overshadow 10+ units and Veridian's communal courtyard AFTER they were offered above market price and still refused to sell. This will devalue so many Veridian properties - owners didn't even know about this development when they purchased. There's a massive lack of transparency.

    - Structual integrity of the Veridian buildings is highly likely to be impacted with 8 storeys being built directly next to them - wall to wall. Plus three levels basement parking, again directly adjacent to Veridian's own basement parking. The government and hundreds of homeowners can't afford to risk of turning into another Opal or Mascot Towers, especially without solid building regulations in place

    - The viability of the boarding house's car lift. They have planned for only one car lift. What if it breaks and all cars get trapped underneath? How will their car lift affect traffic if boarding house residents opt to park on the street instead of bothering to operate the lift? Parking is tight enough with the proximity to hospital and train station

    Overall, the boarding house is a big expense with equally large risks. Affordable housing is a necessary initiative, but council and government should be aware that there are many developers taking advantage of the Affordable Housing Act to turn a quick profit without looking into the future. This building is allowed to have extra storeys because of the act, violating building compliance and directly devaluing neighbouring properties. Not only should it be no higher than 5 storeys - I implore council to seriously consider the impact of so many boarding houses on the Kogarah community. What message are we sending by setting the precedent for allowing boarding houses to bypass rules and cause irreparable damage to hardworking people's homes and investments?

  6. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    Romel commented

    This plan is way overdeveloped. I have seen the development plans, and I must say the building should not be 8 floors. Two surrounding building share a common wall with this property and if built the people on 5th to 8th floor will have a wall in front of their balconies or having an apartment right in front of their living room/bedroom with no sunlight or airflow. There will be no privacy, and there will be a safety issue as anyone can jump the fence and go into other building balconies. The distance between the units will be 3 meters or less. The shadow diagrams given to council are for 5 storey, but the application is for 8 storey. They are going to have 1 car lift. They need a minimum of 2 car lifts! How does that work for a small piece of land with 8 levels? To top it all they are going to dig 3 levels down next to the two-buildings, which will create more issues for the structural integrity of the adjoining buildings. I request to the council not approve this development. This development will cause nothing but grief and suffering to the residents in the adjoining building.

  7. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    Neve Krst commented

    This is a blatant misuse of permits. Kogarah does not need more "boarding houses" - it needs well thought out development that takes into account the needs of existing residents, who do not want cheap slums thrown up next door.

  8. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    Jane brown commented

    My balcony will have an 8 story high brick wall attached to it , I’m on level 5 and if this goes ahead all my natural light will be completely gone which I can’t believe council is even considering this when council are there to ensure the community isn’t impacted greatly from DA applications.
    Serval issues with this DA , over shadowing is huge , potential structural damage to recently built Viridian building with a 3 level underground car park that is so small it needs a car lift , car lift in a boarding house?? , privacy issues with the boarding house above 5 levels where only 3 meters separates them, security issues where they can simply climb through a window and just hop onto my balcony? This so called boarding house isn’t really a boarding house and will not benefit the community only hinder it only ones who will be if it is the developer and the tenants in Viridian will suffer!!
    I completely oppose this DA

  9. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    Jason brown commented

    This is a massive over development for the size of this tiny corner block from a very sneaky and Greedy developer trying to use “ affordable housing act 2009 “ to get this 8 story boarding house with 3 levels of under ground car parking using a car lift so he can get council approval!
    Seriously the council can see right through this by looking at the design with the top 3 levels having a north facing glass facade to captivate the city and Botany Bay views stripping away all the adjoining units in Viridian of their natural sunlight and views for a so called boarding house!! Please this will be 40 + rooms at Expensive cost of living lining the pockets of a developer who has no concern about the huge impacts it will have on all the Viridian apartments not to mention the potential of another opal and mascot tower with the 3 story hole he will be jack hammering up to build this
    I object to this in so many ways but mostly the fact and 8 story brick wall will be built directly in front of serval units completely blocking them out of any sunlight , how can council even consider this when there’s so much impact this will and can cause????

  10. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    TB commented

    This is a terrible development proposal that has no positive impact on surrounding neighbours or the area.

    Neighbouring residents in the Veridian apartments will be negatively impacted through the close proximity of the building, with some residents set to lose the majority of their natural light whilst others will literally look directly into the boarding house accommodation they are that close.

    Further to that, there is great concern for the impact the construction of a three-storey carpark will have on Veridian complex. With recent issues with Opal and Mascot Towers there is every possibility that this could have a similar outcome.

    A very concerning development that will hopefully be rejected due to the many concerning issues it creates.

  11. In Kogarah Bay NSW on “Demolition of Existing...” at 27 Mayor Street, Kogarah Bay, NSW:

    Noah commented

    As a concerned citizen, I am extremely happy for the people in Kogarah Bay that this application has come in. I would like to know if the neighbouring property at29 Mayor St will also be demolished. It is in a similar uninhabitable condition as number 27 and I worry that as well as being unattractive and potentially dangerous to the neighbours, I fell as if this dwelling must be demolished in order for the duplexes to be sold/leased at a good price (if this developer is going to sell one or both duplexes).
    This beautiful corner site has so much potential and id hate to see it stay how it is while the adjoining block is redeveloped.
    Thanks

  12. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    Local resident commented

    I see the NIMBYS are out in full force. It's on the highway, on commercial land, where high rise development should be! Stop trying to holt progress and dictate what our communities should be.

    This section of the highway needs rejuvenation and is extremely run down. Hopefully this development gets approved!

  13. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    Kevin Lu commented

    The design does not comply with the new NSW law because the parking space should be 25 (with 1:0.5 ratio). Since there are already 2 boarding houses near by (1 on Gary St 1 on English St), it should be another location rather than putting them together, which leads to more local traffic, parking and even security issues. Kogarah is known for its community life and most of the residents are families, more boarding houses meaning more people just move in and out without considering the impact to our community. I strongly object this DA.

  14. In Penshurst NSW on “Demolition works and...” at 13 Arcadia Street, Penshurst, NSW:

    Sophia Platthy commented

    I am sad to see this proposal, as a long term resident of the area I feel the character and history of our streetscapes are changing at a dramatic pace with new builds, and increasing numbers of duplexes. 13 Arcadia Street is a large and attractive double brick house, with high ornate ceilings, a lovely outlook, and stands in good condition. The excellent character, brickwork and detailing, is a large part of what makes the housing in our area attractive. I write this after attending recent consultations about developments and talking to many neighbours. Others like me feel it is unfortunate that so many of our old houses, many now dating back a century are being knocked down, when they could be retained and extended. Demolishing this house, and houses like this will lose us streetscape heritage and history, and we need more of our houses like this to have Council protections in place so that at least the streetscape retains character. Also the number of duplexes will impact on deep soil planting areas, and we need to ensure that large trees and habitat trees (for native birds and animals) are planted in the stead of any that are removed. If the Council is committed to sustainable environmental outcomes we also need to consider the high carbon costs of demolishing and rebuilding when a perfectly good house is standing.

  15. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    Kevin Coleman commented

    Just how many "boarding houses" can Kogarah cope with? The sad reality would seem to be that these are in reality sub-standard undersized tiny bed sitters with no parking & well below the normally required floor space.

  16. In Kogarah NSW on “Demolition and construction...” at 248 Railway Parade, Kogarah, NSW:

    suzanne o'connor commented

    Oh no .... not another Boarding House ! That makes six just in the immediate Kogarah Centre area . A new way to make developers more money .
    Seven floors... how many residents ? How much supervision of tenants? Who will live there ?
    The developers are the only people to be advantaged by these buildings .
    He will save a great deal of money by not having to pay the ‘ Open Space Contribution ‘
    To Council . Council loses.
    Saving on GST payable to Federal Government. Federal government loses.
    Saving on Land Tax payable to NSW state Government. NSW Government loses .
    The people who live there will be in tiny boxes . Future SLUMS.
    And who gains ? The developers/Owners .
    Not the community.

  17. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    suzanne o'connor commented

    We all know that the basic principle is that we nurture children and care for their well being .
    If we just think of the practicalities of this Development.... it’s too big , to overpowering and too detrimental to our children .
    It’s a wrong thing . Taking their sunshine and privacy . Bad .
    And all so that a developer makes money .
    Three stories is high enough ....too high ....but six with all the balconies looking over the play ground is just too much .

  18. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    Kerri commented

    This development is over council height specifications and floor ration. The school needs to acquire this property to expand for their growing needs. There is limited parking now and the traffic for the school is already unsafe, several double parking per day and stopping in no stopping. The council do not have enough staff to monitor this already so no need to consider increasing the traffic. Overshadowing the playground is very unsuitable for now and the future students. The council need to stop this kind of development in our area.

  19. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    Anastasia commented

    Please do not allow this development go ahead. This is a very bad decision for our community it will most importantly affect the privacy of our school children, our teachers and their car park with the balconies overlooking the schools infant area, school canteen as this development is being built way too high up right next to our school. The structure of this building clearly indicates it will obstruct any chance of sunlight coming through, it will cause further stress on the already congested local roads causing more frustration, parents are now struggling to get kids to school on time and finding it very difficult to park in the afternoons. I ask Please don’t allow this development to go ahead. It is a bad decision for our local community.

  20. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    Manal commented

    The structure of this development is not appropriate at all considering that it will deprive our kindergarten kids, teachers & parents from their privacy as the balconies of these appartments will overlook our school playground and staff car parking, let alone the parking issues that it will create with more residents around the area trying to find a vacant parking spot which is now already an issue that is leading to putting our kids to a higher accident risk.
    Therefore it would be greatly appreciated if you reconsider it for the sake of the safety of our kids.

  21. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    Kosta Foundotos commented

    I am an out of the area parent, who sends their child to Carlton South Public School. The development is an intrusion on the natural sunlight that the children need, when playing outside during recess and lunch, requiring their natural source of Vitamin D on a daily basis.
    They will be deprived of this, as the development blocks the suns rays, which normally comes over the school when they are outside playing.
    Secondly, Ecole street which is one of the two main streets used to drop off and pick up kids in the morning and afternoon, will be severely congested, to the point that their will be no more parking left for any of the parents to pick up and drop off their kids especially since their will be commercial businesses operating at the same times that school kids are being picked up in the afternoon. Us parents have a problem in the morning and afternoon with parking our cars to pick up our kids as parking in this residential areas around the school and stadium is limited. If this development goes ahead, not only would it increase the amount of cars in the area which would be more unsafe for kids, but it would be next to impossible to pick up our kids, as their wouldn't be any parking left due to the residents and customers of this development adding their cars into the mix of an already limited and congested residential area as hospital staff from St George Hospital, already park in the surrounding streets as well to go to their workplace. So I guess you can understand that it would send the area into a virtual gridlock and traffic will be a nightmare and an incident with a child unfortunately inevitable ! ! !

  22. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    Suzanne Cullen commented

    The developer claims there is a car park next door in the school grounds which gives adequate privacy to the school. This car park holds about 20 cars. This development is taking up a whole corner block which means at least 3 quarters of the building will overlook the school yard taking away any sunlight they would normally get. Also there will be no privacy for the children playing in a dark cold playground once the building has been erected. As for parking have they given any thought to the extra traffic. Most 1 bedroom units now don’t need parking facilities and most families are 2 car families or more these days so where is the parking coming from. The parking that is unavailable now for parents dropping off and picking up small children. Have these people no thought for these children. At the moment there is 2 commercial buildings on this block. How is it all of a sudden deemed residential?
    To the council I put this to you. Have some thought and respect to our children. We need to protect them and their privacy.
    Yes I do pay council rates and yes I do have grandchildren going to Carlton South Public School.
    This is a school that is growing in leaps and bounds due to the fact of the highly populated areas in and around Carlton.

  23. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    Suzanne Cullen commented

    The developer claims there is a car park next door in the school grounds which gives adequate privacy to the school. This car park holds about 20 cars. This development is taking up a whole corner block which means at least 3 quarters of the building will overlook the school yard taking away any sunlight they would normally get. Also there will be no privacy for the children playing in a dark cold playground once the building has been erected. As for parking have they given any thought to the extra traffic. Most 1 bedroom units now don’t need parking facilities and most families are 2 car families or more these days so where is the parking coming from. The parking that is unavailable now for parents dropping off and picking up small children. Have these people no thought for these children. At the moment there is 2 commercial buildings on this block. How is it all of a sudden deemed residential?
    To the council I put this to you. Have some thought and respect to our children. We need to protect them and their privacy.
    Yes I do pay council rates and yes I do have grandchildren going to Carlton South Public School.
    This is a school that is growing in leaps and bounds due to the fact of the highly populated areas in and around Carlton.

  24. In Mortdale NSW on “Demolish exisitng and...” at 12 Newman Street, Mortdale, NSW Australia:

    Allison Cooper commented

    We have just had to endure months of building next door. Dust, dirt, insects all running to our house. It has been so disruptive. I don't want to go through the same thing. The council is not monitoring impacts such as the need for dust mitigation and allowing builders to work outside of permitted hours. I sent a complaint to council and didn't receive a reply. I don't want to be woken up by noisy builders, have black dirt and dust because they don't care for adjoining owners, and have to get my house sprayed for spiders every 3 months. I have no sun from the current building next door and now you want to build something in front. No way!!

  25. In Carlton NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 253 Princes Highway, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    suzanne o'connor commented

    suzanne o'connor
    This is a really bad development ! Next to a school, too high , shopping underneath .
    Should someone wish to shop there , where will they park. Who would want to shop there ! Jubilee Avenue is gridlocked a lot of the time , add in commercial activity and the traffic will be untenable.
    It seems to me that the developers build right to the border to enable a greater number of apartments and more profit. By having commercial space underneath it gives them the right to build that way.
    The residents will have access to what green open space ?
    Who would buy there ?
    Right on the Highway ...busy , noisy choked iwith traffic . Awful !

  26. In Peakhurst NSW on “Construction of a new...” at 11 Arnold Street, Peakhurst, NSW Australia:

    Julie Byrne commented

    This is ridiculous. It's almost impossible now to get up Belmore road to get over the station bridge in the mornings down to the motorway with all the new duplexes and boarding houses and construction and development. It took 40 minutes the other day to get from Lugarno over that bridge. I'm absolutely fed up with it. This is just going to make Belmore road traffic even worse.

  27. In Peakhurst NSW on “Construction of a new...” at 11 Arnold Street, Peakhurst, NSW Australia:

    Alison Faulkner commented

    This road has had far to much construction in the past 5 years. Now there is no parking. The actual road is undriveable. Crime and noise at all hours has gone up by 80%. Police present at Arnold has gone up by 36%. This housing project will bring in approx 50 more people into a overpopulation road.

  28. In Mortdale NSW on “New Tandem Garage” at 41 Dardanelles Street, Mortdale, NSW Australia:

    Robert Schrunkel commented

    You are not allowed to build right on the boundary, should have 900mm undeveloped away from boundary.

    The size of the rear grassed area has been over exaggerated. That was already concreted over two years ago.

    Why do they need an additional tandem garage, when they already have a double garage. Is this really going to be a garage/storage space ? Or is it intended for an existing business workshop to operate from ?

  29. In Carlton NSW on “Use of premises as a gym...” at 1 / 252-254 West Street, Carlton, NSW Australia:

    Michael commented

    Parking ???

  30. In Kingsgrove NSW on “Demolish of existing...” at 301 Kingsgrove Road, Kingsgrove, NSW Australia:

    will vass commented

    absolute disgraceful to allow such a development to take place. under investigation by the INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.
    GEORGES RIVER COUNCIL ARE CORRUPT & WE US CITIZENS ARE LOOKING TO BRING THEM BEFORE THE LAND & ENVIRONMENT ACT COURT

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