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  1. In Umina Beach NSW on “Secondary Dwelling with...” at 73 Birdwood Avenue, Umina Beach NSW 2257:

    Dani commented

    Well Said Sue Garling!!!

    The slum like conditions are spreading fast and destroying the quality of life for all residents. This only ends badly and the downward spiral is hard to stop once it starts. What happens if fire breaks out - it will spread across these poorly considered and very poorly planned developments which break safe housing, noise and light pollution laws, environmental laws. There is no fire prevention being built into these developments and no consideration for safe housing.

    These developments must stop! Any development that has breached planning laws should be required to be fixed to meet them - anything over 50% of the land size between the 2 dwellings and over 60 m2 in size; and that causes noise pollution and light pollution to neighbours.

    This must stop! It only ends with poor quality of life in the area, housing values plummeting, and social problems spreading fast.

    Council needs to do more to support the peninsula.

  2. In Randwick NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 30-32 Glebe Street Randwick NSW 2031:

    Katrina D commented

    I object to the demolition of this beautiful large freestanding Federation house in excellent condition with surrounding gardens. With so many medium density in the area we need homes such as that for air and light. Just because the owners did not have the foresight to make it heritage does not mean that it is not and not worth preserving.

    In addition you are adding to traffic stresses in the area as well as visual and noise pollution. At what point do you listen to the ratepayers and people over the developers? With all these developments going ahead with private certifiers and Council not monitoring builders how long before we have our own Opal Towers disaster? We have already had the issue when the apartment block on frenchmans road fell onto Barrett Place Cottage. How long before the next major issue for an unsuspecting homeowner? Enough!

  3. In Epping NSW on “Development Application -...” at 19 Forest Grove Epping NSW 2121:

    Tina commented

    Some two years ago on the borderline of 19-21 Forest Grove Ausgrid interfererred with the root system of an exquisite mature lemon scented gum tree-perfectly healthy.The construction operators of 9-11 Forest Grove told the owners of 19 Forest Grove that it "would have to be removed " to allow for underground cables??( who were they to instruct an owner of a property?)The owners did not fight for that tree it was then "murdered" over a two day period by Ausgrid.(There was an investigation into this specific matter)The street is now incredible hot as a result as it provided so much shade.Is Council now going to allow more developed trees to be removed for units to be built leaving more and more dessert like conditions??Shame on Parramatta Council if you continue to allow more and more trees to be removed.Instead why not insist that on this specific development application( and others) that "developed trees "must be part of their plan for these unit surrounds and their nature strips.A new trend like this urgently needs addressed in the planning division of Parramatta Council now.

  4. In Scoresby VIC on “2 double storey dwellings” at 1449 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby VIC 3179:

    Dean Whitaker commented

    Hello KPA,
    I am the owner of the residence at 1447 FTG next door to this proposed development and have not been approached by council nor builder in regards to the proposed development of 2 x Double Story Units at 1449 FTG Road.
    Please contact me immediately with the proposed drawings and sections.
    Kind Regards
    Wit's Way Pty Limited

  5. In Narre Warren East VIC on “Other Applications” at 585 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren East VIC 3804:

    Lucinda Jones commented

    As a resident of the area, I wish to appeal this application.
    Not only will it add to the traffic flow along this already busy, narrow road as I would assume nearly 100% of students would becoming from outside the area via car or buses.

    The application will completely change the area and the Green Wedge Zone forever, all future applications for similar buildings on Green Wedge will have this as a precedent.

    The vegetation, animals etc will also be heavily affected. I travel this road every day Monday to Friday and adding traffic lights mind you coming from the Lysterfield Lake end wouldn't be far from a bend, so people will becoming around at 80km to possible red lights that seems like an accident waiting to happen.

    We moved to this area for the semi-rural feel and with this proposed development i don't see how this is in keeping with the rural area or even enchancing the area.

  6. In Saint Clair NSW on “Dual Occupancy (1 existing...” at 39 Pine Creek Circuit St Clair NSW 2759:

    Shauna-Marie Wilson commented

    The removal of vegetation is strongly opposed. Western Sydney is. Now left with limited vegetation the needs of the community to maintain natural environment for bird life and natural experiences is more important. If the development cannot proceed in a way meeting the legal requirements, without tree removal, then consent should be refused. The rights of the local and adjacent suburb communities to expect natural environment protection, ought be given proper weight not merely viewed as peripheral matters.

  7. In Epping NSW on “Development Application -...” at 19 Forest Grove Epping NSW 2121:

    Lizzie commented

    More trees to be removed. It's unbelievable. We came to live in Epping because of the trees. Is there some way of saving more than four on this development? All I read about lately is more development and more tree removal!

  8. In Alexandria NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 9 Power Avenue Alexandria NSW 2015:

    Allister Morris commented

    This DA is on the back of previous NOTICE & APPEAL TO THE LAND & ENVIRONMENT COURT - Site: 9 Power Avenue , ALEXANDRIA - REFERENCE NUMBER D/2017/1809 which was withdrawn. The Developer has now waited until most Residents and those concern about this DA which mirrors the prior one shows no car parking again and little or minimal accessibility and a traffic study that makes no mention of the effect of West Connex into McEvoy and rat running into all streets of Alexandria. No environmental study for increase in traffic pollution close to a State Development at Alexandria Park School. The Developer has chosen this timing to get it through Council without concerns being raised as under the original DA.

  9. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Leonie Hunt commented

    What an amazing place The historical Tanilba House is, and what a wonderful opportunity for the new owners to be able to share this with the whole of Port Stephens and surrounding areas near and far. I am in total support of this application and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

  10. In Umina Beach NSW on “Secondary Dwelling with...” at 73 Birdwood Avenue, Umina Beach NSW 2257:

    Sue Garling commented

    How many more secondary dwellings do we need on the Peninsula? It’s becoming a slum of cheap housing with no trees. When is the over development and consent reduction in green space and loss of trees going to stop???

  11. In Lewisham NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 17 Mcgill Street Lewisham NSW 2049:

    Dominic commented

    I agree with the above poster. Having a 15m deep construction 'hole' vacant for years next to where you live is completely unreasonable and unhygienic. The building site is filled with water, building rubble, floating rubbish and has been unattended to by the builder/developer since the initial dig.

    The barricades surrounding this vacant site have become the target of graffiti, vandalism and are insufficiently secure. Specifically - sections of the barricade on the Old Canterbury Rd perimeter look to be falling over the precipice, whilst the McGill Street barricades are in disrepair and serve as a dumping ground.

    This site is both a blight to the local community and safety concern. The McGill Street precinct is full of residents, the area is frequented by locals (to access Hudson St park/Moulin Cafe/Lewisham Light rail/Lewisham bus stop area) and school children frequently pass this area. Something needs to be done about the condition of this site asap. Build or fill the hole!

  12. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Melanie Stewart commented

    A little piece of history coming back to life. Looking forward to seeing the end result. What a treasure for the community.

  13. In Alexandria NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 132-138 McEvoy Street Alexandria NSW 2015:

    Campbell Evans commented

    This site ,as many in the area, would be more suitable as bulky goods and light industry on the ground. Provide at least 6M ceiling heights so it can be provide a variety of uses instead of more small food outlets and shops which will not survive. Local businesses and people need somewhere to work as more apartments are built ,forcing them out of the area

  14. In Eltham VIC on “Buildings and works to...” at 13 Piper Crescent, Eltham VIC 3095:

    Lucy rose commented

    No more subdivision in Eltham
    It's becoming overcrowded especially the traffic is bed
    And more habitat is being wiped out
    You say your a caring council
    Well do something like changing laws re limits on subdividing

  15. In Bellbird Park QLD on “Superseded Planning Scheme...” at 18-20 Harris Street Bellbird Park QLD 4300:

    Zoe Shipley commented

    Given thar I received advice from Lara Minion of Ipswich Council that this development had been approved as all blocks under 800m2, in order to avoid dual occupancy, I assume this application for auxilliary units will be rejected.

    See excerpt from Lara's email below:

    "To have a block larger than 800m2 as you preferred, could facilitate dual occupancy development.  This could lead to a development that exceeds the density range of 10-15 dwellings per hectare for the area.  This is the very outcome we understand the community is seeking to avoid.  Therefore this fact, contributed to an outcome of balanced lot sizes to the Morgan Street frontage, all lots less than 800m2."

    Will ICC keep their word, or let us down again..?

  16. In Umina Beach NSW on “Secondary Dwelling with...” at 73 Birdwood Avenue, Umina Beach NSW 2257:

    Lesley Harvey commented

    Too often, land for renewal projects are clear-felled where not even a blade of grass or a weed is left. Can the owners building their granny flat work around the existing trees for shade? At the very least, plant an advanced native specimen when the job is finished?
    The Peninsula is now rated (with Warnervale and Long Jetty) the hottest area for heat island effect from radiation off hard surfaces (roads/pavers/paths, rooves and tin fencing). Any shade tree would be a great addition to this property and the local area.

  17. In Booker Bay NSW on “Alterations & Additions to...” at 30 Telopea Street, Booker Bay NSW 2257:

    Lesley Harvey commented

    Too often, land for renewal projects are clear-felled where not even a blade of grass or a weed is left. Can the owners make every effort to keep the trees at the back and add at least two new shade trees at the front to get shade from the setting sun? Council have a list of suitable native trees that don't have to be big, rangy gums but smaller calestemons, flowering gums and tuckeroo.
    The Peninsula is now rated (with Warnervale and Long Jetty) the hottest area for heat island effect from radiation off hard surfaces (roads/pavers/paths, rooves and tin fencing). Any shade tree would be a great addition to this property and the local area.

  18. In Ettalong Beach NSW on “Swimming Pool In-ground” at 121 Springwood Street, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257:

    Lesley Harvey commented

    Can the owners keep the trees on the rear-western fence line? Too often, land for renewal projects are clear-felled where not even a blade of grass or a weed is left.
    The Peninsula is now rated (with Warnervale and Long Jetty) the hottest area for heat island effect from radiation off hard surfaces (roads/pavers/paths, rooves and tin fencing). Any shade tree would be a great addition to this property and the local area.

  19. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Lee J. Collier commented

    I fully support this application and the new owners plans for its future. This historically significant property will be available for the public to enjoy. How fabulous to have such a gorgeous venue available to hire for Weddings and other special events.

    This business will increase employment opportunities in Port Stephens.

    Our family wishes the new owners every success,

    Kind regards
    Ms Lee J. Collier and Mr Marshall Reid

  20. In Bentleigh East VIC on “Construction of two double...” at 18 Waratah Street Bentleigh East VIC 3165:

    Cara Strachan commented

    I am opposed to this development on the grounds of the current structure having significant local heritage value as a mid-century modern gem. The house currently standing was built by renowned Melbourne architect Neil Clerehan as service plan T2151 for The Age RVIA Small Homes Service.

    In 2016 a concrete brick townhouse built in 1964 by Clerehan in South Yarra's busy Domain Road became the most recent addition to the state's heritage register - and it was a suitable recognition for an architect who had contributed so much to the city since his registration in 1948. Along with his much-celebrated work, for many years Clerehan wrote for The Age's "Small Homes Service", designing vast numbers of sample house plans. He designed The Age "Dream Home" in 1954 in Surrey Hills (sadly it has since been demolished).

    Heritage Victoria stated the significant 20th-century building in South Yarra was nominated on the advice of a group of eminent Melbourne architects, from which the current house at 18 Waratah St requires recommendation before being hastily torn down for 2 double-storey attached dwellings. This restructuring will dramatically alter the current streetscape, and destroy any remaining evidence of our already dwindling mid-century history.

    As Glen Eira would be aware, the homes of this character and period are extremely rare and sought after - and in this area do not exist anymore due to poor development decisions and recommendations by under-qualified parties over the decades.

    As a member of Beaumaris Modern, I do have grounds to be extremely concerned for the potential loss of this structure due to lack of foresight and knowledge on its significance and uniqueness. I would very much like to see expert assessment, in the likes of prominent architects with the appropriate backgrounds to have their opinion and advice documented in this matter.

  21. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Vanessa Abbs-brown commented

    Tanilba house is in a beautiful location in Tanilba bay. Over the years I have had visits there.
    The new owners have shown the house some love and it would be wonderful for our community to have a location for events to take place. It is situated I an area where parking wouldn't be a problem .
    I personally would love to see this go ahead

  22. In Ardeer VIC on “Transfer of Licence” at 49 Holt Street, Ardeer 3022, VIC:

    Amy commented

    As a local resident - I have no personal issue with the liquor licence. I think the wider variety of products available for purchase will ensure viability of the shop into the future which is important for the community. My household would use the services.

  23. In Chatswood NSW on “Request to remove 1 Port...” at 3 Jenkins Street Chatswood NSW 2067.:

    David Grover commented

    This is a significant tree and forms part of a significant stand of vegetation. Such trees will be of high degree of significance as new substantial buildings are constructed on the Primary school site in the next two years to create a new Senior high school campus for Chatswood High School.
    This tree should be retained. Pruning is a preferable option.

  24. In Warradale SA on “Land Division Residential...” at 19 Gardiner Av Warradale:

    Neil Morris commented

    Agree with previous posts. Most residents have 2-3 vehicles. The building to land ratio is also too high, often leaving only one useable car park onsite. If 3 dwellings built ther results in the street full of cars, in front of other residents housing. This is happening across the council area has decreased community safety and the basic use of road infrastructure.
    Minimum widths need to be increased and building to land % needs to be reduced to make development acceptable.
    When are council going to put safety and community well being ahead of revenue raising?

  25. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Sharon Conlon commented

    Can't wait to see Coco & lili bring it back to life and create more beautiful memories

  26. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Jane Morris commented

    This beautiful old building will once again be used for wedding and events, just as it should be. We can only wish the new owners and Coco & Lil all the best for the future. Such a great historical asset for the district.

  27. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Kaye Newton commented

    I am really looking forward to seeing Tanilba House reactiviated with public access vja functions and boutique events. It was such a relief to learn that the new owners plan to open and share the house from time to time It would have been a tragedy if this had gone to new owners who wanted to keep it as a hideaway. This will now be an asset to Port Stephens and testimony to the history of the area.

  28. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Kate Catt commented

    We use to live in Tanilba bay and it was a shame to see the house wasting away. It will be fantastic to see the house being used again.
    It is such a important part of the history for the area, it needs to be preserved for future generations.
    The progress of the house has been wonderful to watch! I personally can’t wait to tour the house in person.

  29. In Watsons Bay NSW on “Dwelling House:” at 25 Marine Pde, Watsons Bay, NSW:

    N. Scholl commented

    I am devastated that this iconic Watsons Bay house will be demolished. It is a distinctive old house in a very historic area, and much loved by locals and visitors alike - tourists often stop to take photos outside it. Does this dwelling have to be entirely knocked down, and is there no heritage order on it? Demolition of this house will further reduce the distinctive character of Australia's first fishing village; make it even more bland, ugly and anonymous. If only stricter controls were put on the older houses in the area, like they are in Paddington. People love Watsons Bay because of the architecture of its old cottages, and planning decisions to destroy those cottages are destroying the distinctive historic nature of the area. Thank you.

  30. In Tanilba Bay NSW on “Change of use - partial...” at 32 Caswell Cr, Tanilba Bay 2319 NSW:

    Francine O'Brien commented

    Would love to be able to conduct weddings at this gorgeous property. Needs to be on show rather than forgotten.

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