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  1. In Kenthurst NSW on “Demolition of Existing...” at 20-22 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst NSW 2156:

    APaki commented

    Strongly oppose this for many reasons:
    1.Traffic safety for children and buses with limited space allocated on current plan
    2. Emergency vehicle access will be limited with the proposed development. What if access is blocked during peak times and therefore emergency vehicles do not have appropriate access?
    3. There are many other development ideas that would ENHANCE our community. For example a child care facility. We have a cemetery less than 15km from here which is less that 1/2 full. Does not qualify as a NEED for the area.
    4. No consideration made by parish to ensure safety of children AT ALL. Otherwise parents would have been notified and allowed to participate in the appropriate planning. The parish have gone for what is going to make THEM the most money. Not with the best interests of the community, school or children in mind!

  2. In Brunswick East VIC on “Construction of a five...” at 94 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East VIC 3057:

    Frederik Vervaet wrote to local councillor Samantha Ratnam

    Euh, "reduction in the standard rate of car parking" for a 102 dwellings squeezed into five storeys building in an area where it already more difficult to park than in NY City? If this goes ahead (as it no doubt will: money talks, you know), I suggest we simply delete the first bit in the term "planning authority".

    Delivered to local councillor Samantha Ratnam. They are yet to respond.

  3. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Rick Richards wrote to local councillor Rohan Leppert

    Dear Rohan,

    Appreciate your dedication to your constituents over the weekend.
    Obviously there is some conjecture flying around in the absence of information so thought I would take the time to provide you with some more detailed information until you have the opportunity to view the drawings yourself.

    The current proposal is to maintain the ground floor and first floor as the pub. The current area to the rear which is not utilised, just storage, shady beer garden and lean-to toiles is to be developed into a well-considered infill development of standalone townhouses, not apartments.

    The development of this unused parcel of land will enable me to repair the existing pub and maintain its viability into the future ensuring it lives into the future and not be sold off to developers.
    I have run and lived in the pub for 19 years and of all people could think of nothing more heartbreaking than seeing it turned into another development.

    In addition to this I am proposing a single apartment above the ridgeline for myself.

    As you may or may not be aware of Hardimans is in dire need of some serious repairs that can no longer be fixed with a band aid solution. This proposal is a commercial venture which sole purpose is to ensures the future of the pub. I therefore feel our goals, the local residents and councils are all in parallel and hopefully can garnish your support to ensure the heritage fabric of Kensington is maintained not just for the foreseeable time but well into the future.

    Rick Richards
    Hardimans Hotel

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    Rohan Leppert local councillor for Melbourne City Council
    replied to Rick Richards

    Thanks for all of this information, Rick.
    Always difficult to discern plans from the one sentence description pre-formal advertisement of an application as you say. Look forward to seeing the plans.
    All the best
    Rohan

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  4. In Leichhardt NSW on “The proposal seeks a minor...” at Lease 7 Darley Road Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    John Hudson commented

    We live directly across Darley Road from this building! And we are EXTREMELY concerned about numerous issues. Such as our privacy. Those VERY large windows look directly onto our property, the increase in traffic on an already VERY busy Darley Road. We have been told that the new and improved Inner West council will be making it "No Right Turn" on to the Dan Murphy upper Car Park from the City West Link.

    But, honestly, how many times have you seen drivers disobeying these signs? Causing traffic to back up on to the City West LInk? Parking in our street will be a absolute nightmare! And to be perfectly honest, There already is a BWS in Leichhardt Market Place, Dan Murphys on Norton Street, and AMARTOs on Norton Street, IGA Liquor on Cathrine Street and a another Liquor Store on Styles and Catherine Streets. Just how many liquor stores do we need?

  5. In Point Cook VIC on “Development of the land for...” at Sanctuary Lakes North Boulevard Point Cook VIC 3030:

    Ellen wilson commented

    I say no to this. Already the resort nature of Sanctuary Lakes has been ruined by greed of developers putting up townhouses. Parking is already an issue and high density housing simply does not fit the resort

  6. In Point Cook VIC on “Development of the land for...” at 70 Greg Norman Drive Point Cook VIC 3030:

    Neil wilson commented

    We're is the shopping village we were promised in 2007. No more compromises with vague promises that do not happen. The entrance has already been ruined with those hideous townhouses right on the waterfront.

  7. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Tim Solly commented

    This simply cannot be considered as an appropriate and rational option. For a small suburb this would have drastic implications on the Kensington community. This is a place where locals meet to connect and share. Please let common sense prevail, there are plenty of other opportunities for apartments in the suburb, this is not one of them

  8. In Kenthurst NSW on “Demolition of Existing...” at 20-22 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst NSW 2156:

    Federica Bergonzoni commented

    I'm a parent of 4 children (3 at St Madeleine's and 1 at Marian). This proposal is not supported by the many families of these 2 schools for several reasons:
    Traffic congestion and parking availability: there's no currently enough parking for parents and students (1200students at Marian college and 400 students at St Madeleine); and traffic is already bad in annagrove road; the cemetery will increase the numbers of cars parked off site on the main road; more students, their families and people from the funerals will be crossing the main road.. Dangerous!!
    * the decomposition of the corpses contaminating the waterways, land and soil; isn't that a residential area??
    Let's talk about the impact that this plan will have on our children and their families, if it will be approved:
    physically: noise, dirt and chaos during months of building works; school facilities reduced in space, beautiful rural landscape reduced
    And emotionally: increased number of strangers around the school, during the building activities, and even more during funerals; distraction and distress caused by the sight of funerals and people attending;
    This DA plan has been kept well hidden by the parish and by the school till few weeks ago and that has impacted negatively on our community who is now very angry to the parish.
    There's plenty of land away from houses and schools where the cemetery can be built!

  9. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Jackie Moss wrote to local councillor Jackie Watts

    Hardimans is the only locals pub which remains in the village. Kensington needs more life in its village centre, not less. Keep the housing out of the village centre and build elsewhere. I bought in Kensington 5 years ago hoping it would become an inner city gem full of life, food, music and culture. If we let this development go through we will be heading in the opposite direction!

    Delivered to local councillor Jackie Watts. They are yet to respond.

  10. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Cory wrote to local councillor Rohan Leppert

    Lose the pub?
    NOOOOOooooooo!
    Revamp.

    Delivered to local councillor Rohan Leppert. They are yet to respond.

  11. In Point Cook VIC on “Development of the land for...” at Sanctuary Lakes North Boulevard Point Cook VIC 3030:

    Mitchell R Stark commented

    With the continuing increase in traffic and little or no consideration for the already over stressed transport infrastructure, it is inconceivable that the council consistently approve this type of application.

  12. In Kenthurst NSW on “Demolition of Existing...” at 20-22 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst NSW 2156:

    M.Fatouros wrote to local councillor Ryan Tracey

    To The Local Councillor
    Michelle Byrne,
    As a long time resident of Kenthurst, I strongly oppose the development of a cemetery for the following reasons:
    *The increase in traffic will cause major congestion on Annangrove Road .
    * Increase in traffic will endanger the students attending this school.
    *Parking will become a major problem - again putting students and parents at risk.
    *A cemetery should NOT be built in the middle of a neighbourhood - next door to private homes!
    *The value of our homes would decrease. No one would want to live next to a cemetery!
    * This development has not been discussed with the community. Decisions affecting our community should be discussed.

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    Ryan Tracey local councillor for The Hills Shire Council
    replied to M.Fatouros

    To M Fatouros,

    Thank you for your email, the below is provided for your info:
    A Conciliation Conference was arranged for the above matter for 3 November
    2016. We sent a letter to residents on 19 October 2016 regarding the
    Conciliation Conference following the applicant confirming their
    availability for that date.
    The applicant has now requested that the Conciliation Conference meeting
    be postponed to explore opportunities which may result in a revised
    development, potentially without a cemetery.

  13. In Leichhardt NSW on “The proposal seeks a minor...” at Lease 7 Darley Road Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    Jo'an Papadopoulos commented

    With respect to the liquor store development 7 Darley the DA application has been approved, for liquor store, cafe/deli and office space. I see extensive information on the liquor store, the least desirable element of this development and no information on the proposed cafe/deli. As a homeowner, rate payer and all round permanent resident of leichhardt I'd like more information on the only part of this proposal that will actually have a community benefit to the area; the cafe/deli. Can I please be directed to where this information is available and if this portion of the development will be available from the outset.

    I'm dissapointed to see that the only solution council could come up with for the site was to sell alcohol, not the most community minded proposal. I hope plans for building business on Norton Street has a more considered approach. Spend some time and effort building a village feel that will encourage shopping, dining and patrons dwelling in the area on a regular basis and less on drive through patrons which bring no long term value. Take away stores, be they food or liquor do not inspire patronage. Not sure I ever heard anyone say "ooh, this weekend let's go to leichhardt for the day, they've got that great Dan Murphy's and those great Thai massage places..." Some thought in our town planning beyond $ return would be appreciate by all. Go on, make an effort and surprise us all with a plan that's inspired instead of commercially predictable.

    Getting back to my initial point... please provide details, plans etc to the portion of the approved DA around the cafe/deli at said site - as all plans simply show a monstrosity of a liquor store. Thank you.

  14. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Victoria Strike wrote to local councillor Rohan Leppert

    It will be a sad day for Kensington to lose Hardiman's. It's been here for twenty years. If we can save this pub as a pub, we should. Please don't rezone it.

    Delivered to local councillor Rohan Leppert. They are yet to respond.

  15. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Marian Dekker commented

    I believe The Quiet Man is also being turned into apartments. Population growth is significant in the area, but without amenities it's going to become a very soulless place to live.

  16. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Lisa Ingram commented

    A more appropriate requirement would be whoever destroyed the original Art Deco bar interior in there, to reinstate it to an historically accurate facsimile. If that was a condition precedent of the planning, it would be a win win.

  17. In Point Cook VIC on “Development of the land for...” at 70 Greg Norman Drive Point Cook VIC 3030:

    Gary Thornlet commented

    Please stop ruining the essence of Sanctuary Lakes. No more high density development please

  18. In Leichhardt NSW on “The proposal seeks a minor...” at Lease 7 Darley Road Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    Alana commented

    As a very near resident in Charles St, I submitted a 7 page letter to council outlining issues relating to this Liquor Warehouse occupying this building on an already busy residential street. No response was made, despite notification on this website that "residents had been consulted". Nobody wants this monstrosity near our homes, we do not need additional traffic, trucks for deliveries, waste pickups, nor neon signage. When is the "residential consultancy" actually happening and where is the response to my concerns. Seems council is again in bed with the big boys. Woolworths already has a large supermarket and a BWS on Norton. It doesn't need to move that license to a warehouse of Liquor...vacating YET ANOTHER shop on Norton Street. This warehouse is not welcome at the end of my street. Nor is the noise and disruption already happening with its construction and that of the roundabout- which council is installing at taxpayer cost - for the benefit of getting more cars and trucks into that entry to buy liquor at all hours.

  19. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Graeme Dobson wrote to local councillor Hon Robert Doyle

    Just another nail in our inner suburban heritage, sadly our state government and council are beholden to the developers...... It would be wonderful for this application to be rejected so that one of the last "identifiable heritage" buildings in the Kensington shopping strip can be . Also there are only two pubs left in the area (yes two the Doutta Galla is the second - the quiet man has been sold to developers and will be gone in two years) Clearly Heritage is a very very low priority for the council and government!!

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    Hon Robert Doyle local councillor for Melbourne City Council
    replied to Graeme Dobson

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    I have forwarded your objection to the relevant planning officer looking after this application and to keep on file. They will respond to you in due course.

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  20. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Rick Harvest wrote to local councillor Rohan Leppert

    Hardimans Pub is also the place I taught my very 1st yoga classes about 15 years ago. STICKY Beer soaked carpets, cigarette smoke, karaoke machine and ALL

    Delivered to local councillor Rohan Leppert. They are yet to respond.

  21. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Rick Harvest wrote to local councillor Rohan Leppert

    Hardimans Pub is also the place I taught my very 1st yoga classes about 15 years ago. STICKY Beer soaked carpets, cigarette smoke, karaoke machine and ALL

    Delivered to local councillor Rohan Leppert. They are yet to respond.

  22. In Point Cook VIC on “Development of the land for...” at Sanctuary Lakes North Boulevard Point Cook VIC 3030:

    Jessica Chen commented

    Sanctuary Lakes once emphasis its resort style living, with all these townhouses development. i cant see this attributes anymore which is sad.

  23. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Rick Harvest wrote to local councillor Rohan Leppert

    Please No. This is a local landmark. It should also be saved for heritage reasons - it is after all a lovely art deco building basically. We have enough new tiny residential developments in the area already and not nearly enough infrastructure to support it.
    NO NO NO

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    Rohan Leppert local councillor for Melbourne City Council
    replied to Rick Harvest

    Hi Rick

    The building has a heritage overlay so the application will have heritage implications, yes.

    More significantly though Hardimans is in a Commercial Zone, so while residential uses are permitted there would need to be a strong case made to convert the entire building to residential apartments, one would have thought. The ground floor in particular is meant to remain for Commercial uses under the zone, but these things are discretionary. I haven't seen plans yet so don't want to preempt a proper assessment, and note that all we've got so far is a one sentence description (and in any event if this comes to Council I'm not allowed to express a view on the application lest I create a conflict of interest due to pre-determining a position and creating a reasonable apprehension of bias). I will look at plans closely once they are prepared and formally advertised, and keep close eye on the application's progress.

    As a musician and a local I'm worried about the potential loss of a local venue that has a track record of supporting live music and musicians (but these factors are not in and of themselves considerations under the planning scheme). Again, I'll be sure to scrutinize application closely when it comes to us.

    All the best,

    Rohan
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  24. In Waterloo NSW on “Proposed “on premises”...” at 356-368 George Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Jeff Hart wrote to local councillor Linda Scott

    Just how many hours does a licenced premises need to sell liquor?
    7AM to 11PM seems excessive for any establishment. Particularly as this is in a high density population area with street parking already stretched to the limit.

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    Linda Scott local councillor for City of Sydney
    replied to Jeff Hart

    Good morning Jeff,

    Thank you again for your email.

    Linda has requested a briefing from City staff in relation to this DA.

    Kind regards,

    Daryl Tan
    Office of Councillor Linda Scott
    Telephone: 9288 5918


    www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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    Linda Scott local councillor for City of Sydney
    replied to Jeff Hart

    Good afternoon Jeff,

    Thank you for your email.

    We have followed up City staff about this DA and staff have assured us that liquor will only be consumed on premises only and that patrons will have to be sitting with a meal as a condition to ordering liquor.

    Kind regards,

    Daryl Tan
    Office of Councillor Linda Scott
    Telephone: 9288 5918


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  25. In Glenorie NSW on “A Mixed Use Development” at Glenorie Shopping Centre, 930 Old Northern Road, Glenorie NSW 2157:

    Sandra Harding commented

    I also agree with many if the above comments. This type of development is definitely not suited to the Glenorie area. We live near to this impending development and are already impacted upon by the increase in traffic pulling in and out of the bus bay , traffic constantly parking in the no parking zones as you turn left in to Post Office Road also which is a definite hazard . The traffic flow at this intersection is too busy now without further vehicles. These premises would also be over looking into peoples back yards .

  26. In Glenorie NSW on “A Mixed Use Development” at Glenorie Shopping Centre, 930 Old Northern Road, Glenorie NSW 2157:

    Tracey Mitchell commented

    Residential apartments do NOT belong in Glenorie. This monstrosity would bring traffic congestion and make the road dangerous.
    We moved here because it's beautiful, QUIET and a safe place to live.
    This application needs to be declined, there are enough apartments popping up in Castle Hill.
    Please keep Glenorie a beautiful place to live. The community does not want this.

  27. In Glenorie NSW on “A Mixed Use Development” at Glenorie Shopping Centre, 930 Old Northern Road, Glenorie NSW 2157:

    Lionel Helie commented

    We moved to Glenorie to go away from the hustle of suburbia. We enjoy our trip back home to Glenorie after work when we find piece and quiet. Glenorie is and should remain a place that we all can enjoy. We have shops, a lot of them are vacant, why do we need more and more importantly why do we need flats.
    flats are built when the floor space is already occupied, not when it is in a village away from it all. what is the real purpose of this, who does it benefit. many know in the village and discontentment is growing largely because there is no need for this proposal. there are many ways to develop areas, no one opposes development and progress. this is not the way to address priorities and needs. i do not wish to leave Glenorie, i wish to enjoy many more years here without looking at an ugly development that serves no purposes beside someones ego.
    why not build where it makes sense and furthermore build in a way that blends within the surroundings. this is nothing but the opposite.
    unwanted, not required and not in keeping with the village. this is absolutely unnecessary.

  28. In Kensington VIC on “Proposed change of use to...” at Hardimans Hotel 521-535 Macaulay Road Kensington VIC 3031:

    Eryn Lackie commented

    The Hardiman hotel is the only pub in Kensington Village and so converting into residential only would be a loss. Keep the pub, it's a great place for locals to relax and have a drink with friends. It's also one of the only pubs around that doesn't have a TAB and so is a great place to meet and eat with friends.

  29. In Point Cook VIC on “Development of the land for...” at 70 Greg Norman Drive Point Cook VIC 3030:

    Maryann Epstein commented

    Too many high density apartments in area. Traffic cannot cope. Where are visitors meant to park when visiting residents in these apartments. Parking is already limited for Golf members, gym members and those choosing to eat at Waterstone or Restaurant.

  30. In Point Cook VIC on “Development of the land for...” at Sanctuary Lakes North Boulevard Point Cook VIC 3030:

    Melanie Fenn commented

    We moved here because there was open space and no townhouses. The townhouses are an eyesore and reduce accessibility of open space. We do not want anymore townhouses in Sanctuary Lakes. Every time I drive in and out of Sanctuary Lakes I am confronted with the ugly townhouses near security and do not want this look invading more space. Development is over. Stop destroying this community.

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