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

Ruth Webb commented

Dear General Manager
City of Ryde,

The heritage of Gladesville previously comprised century old historic buildings and churches, which served to establish a charming residential area attractive for families and inviting for future dwellers. Unfortunately Ryde Council has forged ahead, giving developers continuous approval for high density apartment blocks, as well as approving building height increases along Victoria Road resulting in poor planning outcomes. The 'new' Gladesville is on the way to becoming the next "North Sydney", a wind tunnel crammed with mirrored skyscrapers and little if no public amenities for the thousands of bolt hole apartment dwellers. The physical appeal of the Gladesville section of Victoria Road is soon becoming less attractive with diminishing heritage character. If the area is not attractive to residents then the new apartments will remain empty.

Developers and Council Officers need to realise that Victoria Road is not serviced by a metro or a train line, and is one of the most congested roads in Sydney, now encased by high rise apartments on either side. Apartment buildings are approved with very few car parking spaces for residents serviced to add to this congestion.

This application should be refused and in fact State Government and Ryde Council should lodge an investigation looking into the future of Victoria Road as a strategic transportation corridor to help planning for the next 10-15 years. High density apartment blocks on either side of Victoria Road mean that future no road widening is possible and heavy shadowing from skyscrapers results in dwarfing character buildings.

It is recommended that Ryde Council develop a strategy in consultation with current residents focussing on the Victoria Road corridor.

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