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  1. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Carrie Grimes commented

    I know there are architects and developers out there who are talented, visionary and influential enough and to design projects that combine heritage values with the need to make a financial return. Just don't be f**&*!!&ing greedy guys!! Leave something in it for everyone else. You can't take all that money with you.

  2. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Kevin McLaughlin commented

    It's not good enough that the City of Sydney allows buildings such as The Alexandria to be demolished to make room for yet more development of the area. The Alexandria should be heritage listed and preserved for future generations. The area can be developed in such a was that iconic buildings such as this remain.

  3. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Yolanda Floro commented

    I object to the demolition of Alexandria Hotel. It should be protected from demolition. It has important historical associations with the local community and local government in the area. A hotel has stood on the corner of Henderson Road and Garden Street in Alexandria since the late 1870s. The existing building was built in the late 1920s. The hotel is Henderson Road's last remaining link with Alexandria's pre-war industrial heritage. It sits in the Alexandria Park Conservation Area - significant for its ability to demonstrate the growth of the Municipality of Alexandria in the second half of the nineteenth century - an area of late nineteenth century housing, encompassing a large range of housing types including 1-3 storey terraces and cottages. The area also includes corner shop buildings and substantial civic buildings (former Town Hall and Mayor’s residence) and the Lord Raglan Hotel dating from the early twentieth century. The area illustrates the establishment and development of the Municipality of Alexandria, from 1868. The industrial development illustrates a later overlay reflecting the growing importance of the area as an industrial centre in the early twentieth century.The Alexandria Park Conservation Area Statement of significance Recommended management states : "Contributory buildings should be retained and conserved.Promote public buildings - Promote retail areas (c) Other Significant Development: - Retain intact Interwar industrial development"
    To destroy an example of our social history for a box with 28 compartments (with no parking for occupants) is incomprehensible.
    The proposed development is inconsistent with the aims of the Sydney Local
    Environmental Plan 2012 (Sydney LEP 2012) stated at clause 1.2 as it does
    not enable a range of services and infrastructure to meet the needs of
    residents, workers and visitors and does not enhance the amenity and quality of
    life of the local community. The proposed development is inconsistent with the provisions, objectives and aims of Council’s planning controls and if approved, would detract from the improvement of the public domain and character of the local area. Therefore as a matter for consideration pursuant to clause 79C(1)(e) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) the proposed development is not in the public interest and is inconsistent with the objects of the Act to encourage proper development of the City for the purpose of promoting a better environment.

  4. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Rowena commented

    I am opposed to the demolition of the beautiful, historic Alexandria Hotel to make way for more apartments in this rapidly (over)developing area. To let this go ahead will mean another piece of Sydney's history is irrevocably lost for the benefit of a few. The argument that the building's heritage value has been diminished by surrounding redevelopment is false and could be cut down by the simple adage: 'two wrongs don't make a right.' There may be other buildings in Sydney with relatively similar architecture but not in that area, and none with a 'U' shaped bar quite like the Alex. Please protect this site from cheap redevelopment so that it may remain lasting artifact of Alexandria's architectural history for future generations of Sydneysiders to enjoy.

  5. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 2 Station Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Karen Soo commented

    Dear Marrickville Council,

    We strongly oppose this I strongly oppose this development application due to excess bulk/scale of the proposed building and the impact this huge development would have on:
    - Overshadowing and privacy for over 60 residents in both Schwebel and Leofrene Streets
    - Parking
    - Traffic
    - Overcrowding
    - Waste management and flooding
    - Both pedestrian and public car access

    Streetscape - Overshadowing and Privacy
    The streetscape in this area shows there over 60 one level street houses along Leofrene and the north side of Schwebel Street which would be directly effected by such a huge and excessive building. To have a monstrosity of 8 stories towering, shadowing and overlooking the over 60 houses (approx. 150 residents) would remove the almost 150 residents from their afternoon light and privacy. Some houses with solar panels would be effected by the proposal. These basic amentities are legally required to be shared and considered based on the Land and Environment in the streetscape of this high density and high value area.

    Note: This same developer has attempted to exceed Marrickville Council height restrictions has been non-compliance on a variety of issues in their previous DAs.

    Excess Bulk and Scale
    I find it extremely convenient for the developer that Marrickville Council has amended the maximum building height for the affected lots to 26m, the exact height of the proposed building. Generally, B2 Local Centre Marrickville LEP landing zoning deems a maximum building height of 20m for other nearby B2-zoned lots.

    Floor Space Ratio Issue
    The Floor Space Ratio (FSR) for the development is also non-compliant with Marrickville Council LEP planning map information. The FSR for the development is almost twice the council FSR limit of 3:1 at 5:68:1. It offends Marrickville Council and the community who endured a lengthy process to agree to such ratios to have a developer have no consideration what so ever for the council area's restrictions.

    Parking Issue
    The DA parking space allocation appears to be non-compliant with the Marrickville Development Control Plan 2011 (MDCP 2011). Quoting the DA Traffic Report: "a total of 42 spaces are required for the proposed development to comply with Council’s current DCP. The development proposes to provide a total of 21 parking spaces (17 residential spaces and 4 commercial spaces)." Please note that this is only half the amount of parking required to comply with MDCP 2011.

    Insufficient Community and Public Space Commitment
    The developer's proposed token 'dedicated' 1 Leofrene Avenue grass patch to Marrickville Council would mean all Marrickville Council rate payers will have to foot the bill for park maintenance as well as it being a very minimal community amenity in return for their multi-million profit being sought.

    We completely oppose this 8 storey building and prior to any development being considered we request that a comprehensive independent impact study and detailed survey to all Marrickville residents should be conducted by the Council as to most effective, low impact and cohesive renewal of this area should be proposed.

    regards,

    Resident Schwebel Street
    Marrickville

  6. In North Perth WA on “Proposed demolition of...” at 172 Loftus Street, North Perth, WA, 6006:

    Martin McGinty commented

    In principle, I endorse the application. I believe that of many of the current dwellings are in need of a revamp to improve the streetscape and Loftus St appears to be an ideal canvas on which to advance Perth's urban infill requirements. We will be looking to do something similar on blocks 187 and 189 Loftus St in the not to distant future.

  7. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Darren Cole commented

    I object to this building being demolished. Surely it's wonderful heritage (1870s) value alone should be enough to save it from the wrecking ball? By taking down this building, you will strip yet another piece of history from this area and take away more character. The building appears to be in sound condition and could be renovated. I do not believe this district/neighbourhoods needs another mixed use (really just more apartments) at the expense of a building which has been a meeting place and watering hole for many inner city residents for over a hundred years.

  8. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Samantha commented

    No thanks. There are enough whitewashed residential areas popping up in Alexandria. We don't need to lose part of it's heritage.

  9. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 2 Station Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Kristen P commented

    I strongly oppose this development due to the likely traffic, parking and overcrowding impacts to the local area; and also have noted two DA non-compliance issues.

    The DA parking space allocation appears to be non-compliant with the Marrickville Development Control Plan 2011 (MDCP 2011). I am quoting directly from the DA Traffic Report: "a total of 42 spaces are required for the proposed development to comply with Council’s current DCP. The development proposes to provide a total of 21 parking spaces (17 residential spaces and 4 commercial spaces)." Please note that this is only half the amount of parking required to comply with MDCP 2011.

    The Floor Space Ratio (FSR) for the development is also non-compliant with Marrickville Council LEP planning map information. The FSR for the development is almost twice the council FSR limit of 3:1 at 5:68:1.

    I find it extremely convenient for the developer that Marrickville Council has amended the maximum building height for the affected lots to 26m, the exact height of the proposed building. Generally, B2 Local Centre Marrickville LEP landing zoning deems a maximum building height of 20m for other nearby B2-zoned lots.

    I also noticed that the developer has 'dedicated' 1 Leofrene Avenue to Marrickville Council as parkland space. I presume this means all Marrickville Council rate payers will have to foot the bill for park maintenance once the development has finished. It should be the responsibility of the building owners corporation to maintain all surrounding grounds/parkland included in the DA once the development has been completed.

  10. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 2 Station Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Peter commented

    Strongly support this application. I live at the Revolution with my young family and have spent 30 years in Marrickville.
    This area surrounding Marrickville station is currently a dump and needs urgent revitalisation and gentrification. Investment into this area is most welcome. Marrickville is getting left behind other areas of Sydney because of Nimby-ism. The focus should be on good quality design - not stopping progress and development.

  11. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Matthew Jorgenson commented

    I am very sad to hear that someone wants to demolish the Alexandria Hotel. This pub brings charm and a sense of community to the local area. As a local resident, I am normally pro-development. The area is growing and new homes for new residents need to be provided. But this growth should not come at the expense of our local icons such as the Alexandria Hotel. This pub is a piece of local history. It's unique interior is a reminder of the old days of Sydney, demolishing this pub is erasing that part of our history. The Alexandria provides a common meeting place for the locals of the area. It's part of our community and provides some real charm amongst all the stark apartment buildings going up all around. Don't destroy our connection with the past and don't take away our sense of community. It's a local icon and deserves to be preserved.

  12. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Sally Hawse commented

    This is sad. A lovely and historical pub and a good community hub. Alexandria is fast losing much of its charm to become another bland suburb. Are there no real alternatives that will enable this pub to remain?

  13. In Shailer Park QLD on “SP249272 Plan of Easement -...” at 25-27 Ronald Street Shailer Park QLD 4128:

    Gail Groszek commented

    Can you please advise what this 'plan of easement' means. The photo shows a house two down from my home in Oregon Drive, not in Ronald Street. Is there a plan to cut through from Oregon Drive to Ronald Street?

  14. In Armadale VIC on “Multi dwelling development...” at 74-76 Wattletree Road, Armadale, VIC:

    Clare Jones commented

    I am writing to object, in the strongest terms, to the proposed building project planned for 74-76 Wattletree Road, Armadale. Although I am not a resident of the immediate area anymore, the proposed development will impact me significantly. I lived at 14 Egerton Road, Armadale for 23 years, from 1979 onwards. My parents still own and live at this address, and I visit at least twice a week. It has become almost impossible to park at my parents house, and I often have to park halfway up the road and walk back to their house with my four kids. I have witnessed over the years, this quiet, forgotten little corner of the former City of Malvern, and subsequently City of Stonnington, transform into an over-congested street, that is used as a rat-run between Dandenong and Wattletree Roads. The congestion began years ago, when Michael Woods Orthodontist opened at 449 Dandenong Road. It has worsened over the years, with the construction of the multiple dwellings on a former single block at 19-23 Egerton Road being the latest project to significantly impact the residents and their visitors. I remember council rejected a proposed medical practice at 74 Wattletree Road a number of years back, mostly due to the concern of residents, with regards to the impact of parking on Egerton Road. As less than half of all residences on Egerton Road have access to off street parking, it follows that this street which is already at capacity with regards to parking availability, simply cannot cope with the added impact of the proposed development.
    With regard to the height of the proposed development, it is completely out of character with the street. We will look back on developments like the one proposed, with the same distain we afford to all the blocks of flats that line streets like Sutherland Road and Armadale Street - as the loss of character of one of "Marvellous Melbournes' original suburbs built on the back of the riches of 1880s gold and wool.

  15. In Camberwell VIC on “Construction of a three (3)...” at 35 Allambee Avenue Camberwell VIC 3124:

    Don McLean commented

    A building of this size is completely out of character with the streetscape of Allambee Avenue, and the amount of extra traffic this development will cause in a suburban residential street is beyond comprehension. The immediate neighbours must be horrified at the prospect of overlooking and the diminished enjoyment of their properties should this development be approved.

    There is no mention of on-site car parking proposals but this street cannot tolerate any increase in on-street parking.

    Please, do not even contemplate approving this application.

  16. In Melbourne VIC on “Packaged Liquor Licence” at 60 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000, VIC:

    m commented

    I think there are enough outlets selling liquor in the city already. I have a unit at the Flinders Street end near Elizabeth and there is a lot of premises who sell liquor and night clubs etc. attracting the drinkers to keep drinking in the laneways etc. especially the homeless etc. The older parts of the city need to maintain their heritage facades and become more friendly and safe place to wander for tourists and visitors to the city.
    I would NOT like to see any more liquor licences given.

  17. In Marrickville NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 2 Station Street Marrickville NSW 2204:

    McLean family commented

    Strongly oppose this construction.
    The traffic in Schwebel Street is already impossible especially afternoons. Traffic jams often cause road rage. Hard to find places to pull over to allow for passing cars. More congestion in this area we do not need. Parking for us is already an issue. Family of 10 requiring parking for 4 - 5 cars. One resident permit allowed and adminsitered only.

  18. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Andrew Chuter commented

    This is a lovely building with a great history in a prominent location and should be preserved.

    Also this development includes a significant residential component which may have been appropriate if there were significant efforts by State Government to greatly increase public and active transport and other infrastructure in the area. But alas, there are none. On the contrary, with the plans for WestConnex proceeding, namely the longest underground tollroad system in the world, both federal and state government clearly have no intention for Sydney to go down this path. The WestConnex project will encourage greater car dependency all over Sydney and will worsen the already hideous congestion in this area, making it increasingly unfavorable for residential development. Until such time as WestConnex is cancelled this development can not be allowed to proceed. Clearly the priorities of the State Government and the WestConnex Delivery Authority are in conflict with the developer.

  19. In Leichhardt NSW on “Demolition of existing 2...” at 31 Norton Street Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    Andrew Chuter commented

    This may have been an appropriate development if there were significant efforts by State Government to greatly increase public and active transport and other infrastructure in the area. But alas, there are none. On the contrary, with the plans for WestConnex proceeding, namely the longest underground tollroad system in the world, both federal and state government clearly have no intention for Sydney to go down this path. The WestConnex project will encourage greater car dependency all over Sydney and will worsen the already hideous congestion in the Leichhardt area, making it increasingly unfavorable for residential development. In this light, a more appropriate development might be a petrol station, a car park, auto wrecker, car sales yard, tyre junkyard, respiratory illness medical centre, accident trauma centre, tow-truck or NRMA depot, road-rage counselling centre etc. In fact, a quick look along much of Parramatta Rd will give planners the right idea. Until such time as WestConnex is cancelled this development can not be allowed to proceed. Clearly the priorities of the State Government and the WestConnex Delivery Authority are in conflict with the developer.

  20. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Tracy Wright commented

    Where is the parking for cars? Residents without cars is from a planner who is dreaming. We, the current residents already face great difficulty in parking on the street as it is, so 28 units, a retail space and NO PARKING is just a plan for disaster. Are the only customers and guest meant to walk and public transport 100% of the time?

  21. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Alexander Vitlin commented

    Alexandria risks becoming entirely charmless as it is through the rapid development, let alone losing one of the only cultural hubs it has. The Alexandra is a fantastic example of a family-friendly Sydney pub in an area that needs it. I strongly object to this.

  22. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Henare Degan commented

    I strongly object to the demolition of this building. Surely adaptive reuse could achieve the same objective of cramming more inappropriate apartments into this area without destroying this great old pub.

  23. In Surrey Hills VIC on “Packaged Liquor Licence” at 140 Union Road, Surrey Hills 3127, VIC:

    Judith Bruce commented

    I believe the Liquorland application in Union Rd has no benefit for the community, therefore should be not be approved. The area is well serviced for liquor outlets, some within walking distance. The Union Road shopping strip already has traffic congestion issues - train station, train crossing, Community Centre, cars, buses and limited parking. Lastly, the character of this strip needs to be protected - Liquorland will certainly detract from the nature of this shopping area.

    By Judith B

  24. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Robert commented

    There is room for everything proposed without demolishing this historic pub. Hire a good architect to add a couple of floors etc. and keep the pub open, with the existing building intact.

  25. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    James Nichols commented

    I object strongly to this development application. The density of the Waterloo area is quite high and non-residential communal areas, such as pubs like this one with a large outdoor area, are becoming increasingly rare in Sydney. It is a massive loss of potential amenity for the community. The Alexandria Hotel has a strong history of hosting big meet-n-greet events in their large beer garden (e.g. Green-Ups).

    It is also a shame to loose Sydney's pub heritage. It is a wonderful old building with many original interior features.

  26. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Dave commented

    I only wish City of Sydney would understand that they cannot just keep cramming in apartments everywhere & then have no pubs, parks & other amenities.In time the inner city suburbs just turn into ghettos, like has happened in a lot of World cities! We need to learn from other World city’s mistakes.

    The Planners are the puppeteers. The Developers should never be the puppeteers! There is no overall plan or vision. What we are seeing is a large number of small apartments for singles or couples & not a fair or decent ratio of family sized units – which would build a community! Like we have always had in Redfern/Alexandria/Erskinville.

    We were in the Alexandria Hotel on Sunday afternoon, enjoying the real fire in a 1930s fireplace that has been keeping patrons warm for 80+ years. We were remarking on how lovely the original features are in that room & how rare, yet fantastic, that they were retained in an inner city pub.

    So much of Sydney's heritage is being lost. Future generations will be disappointed! Like we are disappointed with the Planners from the 1960s. What is contemporary now, will be daggy in 15 years time - no matter what people think now!

    The City of Sydney need to retain the heritage of these old buildings - build around & above it if necessary - look to other cities, not just for a quick buck. Worst case scenario leave at least the facade of these old buildings. They need a bigger vision!

    Successful cities like Melbourne, NYC & London have retained so much heritage. Let us learn from cities that have not.

    Such a shame!!!

    I object to this planning application on a number of points.
    1) Loss of amenity – a social hub that has been in the area for 80 years
    2) Loss of Community
    3) Loss of heritage and history in a cultural sensitive area.
    4) Too much density of small apartments
    5) Not enough ratio of different size apartments.

  27. In Blue Bay NSW on “Dual occupancy” at 96 Bay Road Blue Bay NSW 2261:

    Jeff Galea commented

    If this application is approved, will adjoining properties be allowed to build as close to the rear boundary line as this proposal ! We would then loose all privacy and noise pollution between properties would create issues. I therefore, object only to the how close the proposed dwelling is to the rear boundary.

  28. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Alex Ozdowski commented

    I Object to the loss of this historic building to a building that adds little public utility and appears to be over building on the block. 28 apartments over 4 floors on that space. It is pure greed and overall the public will loose as a result of it.

    You can not demolish such a beautiful building.

  29. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Matt Costain commented

    The Alexandria Hotel is a historic and unique building in this part of Sydney, and the pub itself has been a place of many gatherings for many generations.

    I object to the application on the basis that the demolition of the Hotel will remove a well known landmark given that the area is already full of characterless multistory mixed-purpose buildings

  30. In Eveleigh NSW on “Proposed demolition of the...” at 35 Henderson Road Eveleigh NSW 2015:

    Michael commented

    The demolition of a pub that has been around since the 1870s and in its current form since the 1930s is very sad. It is amazing that it is not a heritage item. The heritage report itself references the building is in good condition and retaining original features. There are not many pubs left that still have this feel since a lot have been 'yuppie'fied (thing Bank, Coopers etc). Surely as some sort of compromise, they can retain the facade and some of the features like some pubs in the city where buildings have been incorporated. Such a sad loss for Eveleigh/Alexandria/Redfern of the only landmark of significance on that part of Henderson Rd and the only bit of character before seeing the usual 'modern' characterless buildings of Garden and Henderson. I especially encourage you to read the heritage report that reminds us of the features and history.

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