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In Gungahlin ACT on “AMENDMENT TO APPROVED...” at 92 Swain Street, Gungahlin, ACT:

Sarah Lebner commented

As an architect and parent of a child attending the YMCA Early Learning centre I’m seriously concerned by this proposed amendment.

My primary concern is that this may be a planned and tactical attempt to exploit current planning/development/stimulus pressures in an effort to gain every inch possible in the interest of economic return.

Why is this amendment really needed?
Was there an error in the original plans - what is the exact missed opportunity that is now being sought? What additional opportunity is being offered to the community?

It is my opinion that the building is already wrong for the site in regards to most criteria for enjoyable, healthy, and safe town planning.

It shows disregard for site surrounding and neighbouring community use and is really disappointing to see.

The proposed amendments make matters worse by putting additional pressure on issues such as car parking and safe neighbouring access, solar access for neighbouring developments and overlooking concerns.

I fear what could be a lovely community area for the various childcare centres and residents is being turned into an imposing, cold and dark series of laneways.

Please, can members of the ACT government ask critical questions of this proposal and stand up against development pressure on behalf of the community, particularly our youngest Canberrans. Thank you.

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