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In Gladesville NSW on “Proposed Amending...” at 8 Western Cr Gladesville NSW 2111:

Jennie Minifie for Ryde Community Alliance commented

Ryde Community Alliance made submissions to both the draft Ryde LEP (consolidating and standard instruments) during public consultation. The Council ignored the concerns expressed about the increase in building heights along Victoria Road, effectively blocking significant views over the Parramatta River, and creating a barrier to breezes from the river valley making their way to the north-west of Gladesville. The historic buildings and Victoria Road alignment established a scale and character that should not be lost in the new planning controls.

The Council had little regard for the submissions, which were disregarded, and it’s preferred strategy of building up along this historic roadway, surveyed by Sir Thomas Mitchell, was given effect in the planning controls and development approvals issued.

Today, the local community is witnessing the poor planning outcomes. The comments made by many people above reflect their frustration at the physical impact of the current planning controls, and the loss of public amenity along the Gladesville stretch of Victoria Road.

The development application should be carefully assessed by the Council officers in respect of it’s urban design, height, and the proposed contribution to community facilities, to address all of the issues raised in the comments to date.

The Council officers should be given the authority to negotiate for improved outcomes for the site, the future occupants, and improved public amenity for this area. The Ryde LEP has aims and objectives that should be addressed or the application refused.

Further, as raised previously, there is not enough specific information provided on-line about each development application on which comment is invited, to allow objectors and the public to see what is proposed.

Finally, the Victoria Road frontage and surrounding area includes many older buildings that have survived from the 19th and 20th centuries. These buildings provide a scale and character to Gladesville which should form the basis of new and stronger planning controls for the area.

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