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In Petersham NSW on “Alteration and additions to...” at 40 Bishop Street Petersham NSW 2049:

Ray Wu commented

I strongly oppose the development for the following reasons:

The new double storey design of the building does not complement and conserve the visual character of the street scape. There are currently no unit buildings on either Bishop St or Jarvie Av.

Jarvie Av is a heritage conservation area with distinctive architectural styles of the interwar period. The proposed design will negatively impact the elements protected by the conservation order, notably (quoting from the HCA23 council document):
- "a small area that is characterised by its hidden location and tightly defined streetscape of Inter-War bungalows."
- "the area a tight and cohesive and streetscape rhythm, dominated by the single storey, low pitched multi-gabled and hipped roofs of the interwar period"

The double storey, high density, design will impact the visual and acoustic privacy of neighbouring homes. The lack of noise restrictions until after midnight on 2 days per week from the outdoor communal area would be highly disruptive.

The utility of the building is not consistent with the surrounding homes. This is because the surrounding homes are residences for families who have lived on this street for many years or they belong to young families that have bought in the area and intend to stay for many years. In contrast the proposed building is intended for single occupancy rooming for a period of 3 months. Therefore it will negatively impact the development of the community on the affected streets.

Finally it is not practical for boarding house parking to enter via Jarvie Avenue. Jarvie Ave is a tight street. It is not wide enough to be used as a thoroughfare because with cars parked on both sides of the street Jarvie Ave is functionally a single-laned street.

For all these reasons, and a clear opposition from the residents in the surrounding area, please reject the proposal for this development.

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