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  1. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Rhianna Isgrove commented

    As a regular visitor to Merrivale Lane Turramurra believe that that this development should not be approved due to the following reasons:-

    The 'Lane' is too narrow to accommodate the increased traffic of 300+ car movements per day.

    The intersection of Merrivale Lane and Pentecost Road is a current 'black spot' hazard and further traffic movements will add to potential risk.

    The development is not an appropriate size or scale for a neighbourhood centre and would better serve the community at a transport hub such as Turramurra or St Ives Village.

  2. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Trevor Barnes commented

    Can somebody please explain to me the rationale for this development.

    We take three homes in a quite neighborhood and develop a large scale business in a small residential Lane.

    Are there really any rules?

    Council,i am looking for a new factory site in Sydney.I only employ 110 people and make less noise than 150 children.Could i please put forward my DA for a new factory in Merrivale lane as well?

    or perhaps Mac Donald's could put up an outlet or how about Woolworth's.

    After all whats the difference??????????

    THERE IS NO LOGIC HERE AT ALL.

    BOOT THE APPLICATION OUT.

  3. In Rockdale NSW on “Construction of Nine (9)...” at 386 Princes Highway, Rockdale NSW 2216:

    Wendi commented

    The proposed height is significantly higher than neighbouring buildings and will therefore be to the detriment of those that live in the immediate surrounding area and on Banksia/Rockdale slope looking down towards Botany Bay.

    It is concern that the council seems to be approving developments of this type with very little regard to residents who live in low impact residential housing and have called the region home for many years.

    There is no reference in the application to the impact on the area and at the very least this should be included before any decision is made.

    Until the priority precinct zoning is released and available for broad public feedback, buildings of this height should not be approved.

  4. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Mr Sanat and Mrs Chandra Pal commented

    Dera Councillors,

    This development must be opposed for the following reasons:

    1) This kind of large development within this residential area will create a great hazard in all aspects of our daily living.

    2) This will create an enormous traffic congestion especially in the peak hours of morning and peak hours of afternoon. Also, it will damage our visual privacy and aural privacy (nose).

    3) This will also create a great degree difficulty for emergency services such as ambulances and fire services to enter in an emergency as a result of street blockage.

    4) My family is living in this area for the last twenty years (approx.). Already, the population has grown too much. The volume of traffic has grown too much. The eco system in the area is gradually damaging in every aspect. Now, this kind large development is unthinkable. It must be stopped without a question.

    5) As the existing residents are parking their own cars on the streets. During the morning or afternoon, when people are going to office or returning from office, it is difficult to give room for crossing each other. It is becoming very prone to traffic accidents.

    6) The street parking is gradually disappearing. If we organise a family function, there will be no parking space.

    7) Existing old houses are being demolished and allowing to build two houses on the block. Due to this, the area is already conjested. So, it will be unwise to allow a big development like this.

    Existing old houses are being demolished and allowing to build two houses on the block. Due to this, the area is already congested. So, it will be unwise to allow a big development like this.

    We strongly request to stop this development.

  5. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    christopher harris commented

    This application needs to be opposed.
    Traffic in the area is already stressed, the street this proposed on has very little thoroughfare at the best of times as I have to stop several times each morning to share a single lane with other cars, any more traffic will bring the street to a standstill.
    In addition, the turn into and from Pentecost is a major accident or twenty waiting to happen.
    A childcare centre of this size is not in keeping with the neighbourhood, the environment, the peaceful occupancy that people move into the area for and really should be situated at one of the many developments commencing or applied for in st Ives a few minutes away.
    I do not see how council will be able to prepare and provide for adequate footpaths either, the street has little walkways on the front verges and there would be many challenges such as trees and other obstacles. Obviously footpaths would need to be built as many parents dropping to a daycare centre will need to use prams and could not be forced to take such risks as using the road.
    In a nutshell, this proposal poses way too many issues for the area and will affect all in the suburb due to its close, short, tight network of roads..... As we have experienced in the past with things such as tree lopping, a congested street can hold up all streets in the area with congestion.
    Greatly opposed, don't let this happen.

  6. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Lisa Donnellan commented

    Please do not the proposed childcare centre for 150 children in Merrivale Lane.

    I am a frequent visitor to Merrivale Lane.

    The Lane is quite narrow. Currently cars need to pull over to allow a passing car on the other side around parked cars and residents bins.

    I feel it could become quite chaotic and a safety issue if 150+ cars were racing in and out each morning and afternoon.

    This is not a good location for a large scale Childcare centre and such a large centre is out of character of the surrounding neighbourhood.

    Please listen to the residents of Merrivale Lane!!

  7. In Annandale NSW on “Internal alterations to...” at 106 View Street Annandale NSW 2038:

    Melissa Baker commented

    Dear Leichhardt Council

    I am the owner occupier of 104 View St Annandale, adjacent to this property.

    The site plan displayed in this application shows the demolition of a boundary fence with no indication this boundary fence will be re erected. This fence is a boundary to a right of way attached to my property and effectively impedes access to and from my property via the right of way as I step in to the rear yard of 106 View St through my back gate.

    I have engaged a lawyer who has written to Mrs Devine and Mr Laing requesting the fence and right of way be reinstated however I am concerned this request will be disregarded as Leichhardt Council have given approval for its demolition.

    Further, I am concerned about the potential impact on my attached property of the removal of a ground floor wall.

    On these grounds this application should not be approved until these issues are resolved.

    I request this matter and my concerns be addressed with the utmost of urgency as this is causing me unnecessary anxiety and stress. I can be contacted on 041 901 9228 to discuss further.

    Thank you.

    Kind regards

    Melissa Baker

  8. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    David Lane commented

    This DA should not be approved!

    As a resident of Merrivale Lane for a number of years I am deeply concerned by the proposed development as submitted to council for numbers 117, 119, and 121.

    My primary concern in this matter is one of safety.

    This development will result in a huge increase in vehicle usage in our Lane with around an additional 3500 vehicle trips per week , often with parents rushing to make pickup.

    The Laneway is so narrow that 2 vehicles are unable to pass each other when there are cars parked on the road.

    The intersection at the corner of Pentecost and Merrivale Lane is already an extremely dangerous black spot that has not just the potential to result in serious injury, it already has resulted in injury to pedestrians.

    There are no footpaths in this street, people walk their children to school Mothers walk prams on the roadway, people walk their dogs, children ride their bikes and scooters.

    The possibility for injury will increase massively and is extremely concerning!

    Then there is the sheer size of this development!

    -Over 4000M2,
    -over 150 children,
    -around 20 staff!

    This will make it in excess of 3 times the size of other childcare centres in the area. Its sheer scale will dwarf and overshadow the houses in the our Laneway

    We simply do not need this type of Mega childcare centre given that there are already 12 child care centres within 2.5 kms of this development,. To plan and construct one of this scale and in this location really is uncalled for and excessive.

    I’m not against the development of childcare centres, however, they should be sympathetic to their environment and appropriate in scale. It should also be considered that there are no other commercial developments in Merrivale Lane.

    This is not a neigbourhood childcare centre with the purpose of servicing the local community! It is a huge, highly commercial development supported by investment whose motives have nothing to do with contributing to the local community.

    It is all about corporate greed.

  9. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Fiona Watson commented

    This application is absolutely ridiculous. The reasons have been outlined by everyone who has already commented, and all those who are yet to comment, and they are all completely legitimate reasons.

    Merrivale Lane is a narrow road as anyone who had driven on it knows too well. Having to keep your eyes and brain constantly aware of other cars, children, elderly residents as well as wildlife at all times. The enormous amount of extra traffic this development will attract means that it will be a matter of when, not if, an accident will occur.

    And what if there is any other kind of emergency?

    Are all the other child care centres in the area completely full? There have been new ones added only recently, and several existing ones close by. Surely there hasn't been that much of in increase in the area's population.

    There is absolutely no reason this large development should be approved for this area. I can't understand why it is even being considered.

  10. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Ron & Suzanne Clark commented

    We as residents of Merrivale Lane....DO NOT want this INAPPROPRIATE development to go ahead.
    We have lived in Merrivale Lane since 1998. The Lane has had quite a few places renovated during this time. The traffic during these renovations has been very difficult to navigate. We felt for the service trucks that had to negotiate the parked tradesmen's vehicles.
    To have the volume of vehicles each day coming and going in the lane would be unreasonable. It would impact on Pentecost Avenue, the traffic volume already on Pentecost Avenue at peak hour is very high and the intersection of Pentecost Avenue and Merrivale Lane and Merrivale Road is a dangerous area to navigate at the best of times.
    The Lane is narrow and with parked vehicles it will be hard for the cars coming from the underground car park to have a good line of site on exiting on to Merrivale Lane.
    We also feel Parents will not use the proposed drop off area in the car park and will use the street to park, this will cause problems with the lane being so narrow. The high kerbs we have in the lane already cause problems, vehicles have to park further into the Lane, because it is difficult to open car doors against the kerb. This would make it very dangerous to lift a child from a vehicle parked in the lane.
    The lane is so narrow when cars are parked on both sides of the lane there is barely enough space for a cars to drive between.

    The design of the building on 117 does not suit the surrounding area of the Lane.

    The noise of the vehicles just by volume and the general noise of the Child Care Centre would be constant and unreasonable.

  11. In Petersham NSW on “To demolish existing...” at 158 New Canterbury Road Petersham NSW 2049:

    Jordan Press commented

    There are 2 main problems with this development: the height of the building and lack of parking.
    The development proposal lists a 5 story building reaching 11.9m. Total land size is 335 square metres.
    Similar apartment buildings in the vicinity are 4 stories built on a much larger blocks of land. That being 123 New Canterbury Rd, 107-109 New Canterbury Rd, 138 New Canterbury Rd, which are all 4 stories. Plus 138 New Canturbury has lower stories on the sourthern end of the development, to allow for less shadowing on the adjacent southern properties.
    Because the block has quite a narrow facing onto New Canterbury Rd, (unlike the properties just mentioned), 5 stories will not fit into the look and feel of the area and adjacent properties. To have a 5 story development next to 2 story adjoining properties will stick out like a sore thumb and ruin the skyline of the area.
    The proposed height of the building creates a huge shadowing problem for adjoining properties on New Canterbury Rd and Ducros St. The northern properties on Ducros Street (18 and 16 Ducros Street, and possibly 12-14) will have all sunlight eliminated from their property all year except maybe a few months in summer. Eastern facing apartments on 162-164 New Canterbury rd will lose all morning sunlight, for all of the year (from what I can work out on the shadow diagram). Townhouses and apartments on 140-152 New Canturbury, and 23-21 Ducros street will lose afternoon sunlight.

    Secondly regarding parking. To have 5 car parking spots to cater for 24 boarding units and a commercial tenancy is ridiculous.
    Streets surrounding the development (Ducros St, Allans Ave, Hunter St, West St) are struggling to cater for the parking needs of local residents. You will struggle to find a park from 5.15 any weekday, let alone to cater for another 24 boarding houses...

    In summary, I urge the council to reconsider what seems to be a bullish development that has no real concerns to fit in with the local areas looks and needs (does Petersham need a boarding units? Thought 1 and 2 bedroom units would be more suitable).
    A more appropriate development is lowering the development to a maximum 3 stories, with the height of the development tiered lower in the south end towards on Ducros Street to allow for less shadowing with the adjacent properties mentioned. (i.e. Northern section of property 3 stories, middle section 2 stories, single level at southern end of development).
    Adequate parking needs to be supplied by creating a basement carpark. As close to 1 spot for each boarding room/unit.

  12. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Jen Harris commented

    Do you NOT look at your own planning and development applications!? You have several child care centres with a few kilometres of this location (existing or being built at the moment). The lane barely copes with two cars travelling down at any one time and has no footpath for pedestrians. You would have to be the most inventive money grabbing lowlife to place people's lives at risk (including children) for the sake of additional council funds.

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of.

  13. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Jane Brady commented

    Re: DA0413/15

    WARNING - SERIOUS RISK

    The above referenced application raises serious safety risks to the health and well being of Merrivale Lane residents and to visiting relatives and friends to our Lane.

    The Kur-ring-gai Council has a duty of care to ensure that their decisions do not put our families and loved ones safety at serious risk and therefore denying the above referenced application is the correct action to be taken.

    It is a no brainer.

    Everyone is raising objections - for the right reasons.

    Our neighbours and local residents have articulated numerous and valid concerns:

    1 -The sheer size and scale of the proposed child care centre is enormous and out of character for this Lane.

    2 - The potential disturbance of the peace and environmental impact on wildlife that live along the Lane.

    3 - The proposed development is a large business operation which is unprecedented in this narrow residential Lane.

    4 - Traffic is already hazardous for those that reside in the Lane, there is no capacity to accommodate such an impost of vehicles that would come with any child care centre (large or small).

    5 - Parking is already extremely tight due to the steep nature strips and only just copes with the vehicles belonging to or attending private residential homes. Merrivale Lane is not a place that should ever be considered for a commercial business operation such as a child care centre.

    6 - Merrivale Lane is used daily by people going for their walks and dog walkers from our area because it is a laneway. These people walk along the road because pathways are not able to be installed along the steep nature strips. This is a laneway that the community enjoys for these recreational activities.

    7 - Access to Merrivale Lane is difficult and already causes traffic congestion on Pentecost Ave.

    8 - Access to Merrivale Lane from Buckra Street is also blind due to the land topography. When turning right into Merrivale Lane from Buckra Street drivers immediately face a blind crest in the road. If cars are parked on either side of the road there is a high potential for a collision now. Increased traffic to this narrow T- intersection would be very dangerous.

    Please, Councillors of Kur-ing-gai, think very seriously about the gravity of the issues and risks being raised and the repercussions for you as a council if you fail to make a responsible and safety focused decision.

    If Council does not block this application, it is inevitable that many road and traffic accidents will follow for years to come.

    Surely the Kur-ing-gai Council does not want blood on their hands?

  14. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Shumita Ralli commented

    I'm in favor of any reasonable urban development provided its done tastefully, is essential, is planned in consultancy with the locals and most of all does not endanger life and limb.

    Once these Developments are driven by a the P/L statement and not by a town planner sympathetic to the needs and safeguards of the Residents then it raise serious questions.

    The mere fact that this mega project will endanger lives via traffic accidents across all demographics, desecrate the neighborhood, have treacherous, long lasting financial ramifications for the Residents and only benefit a non-ratepayer developer clearly shows our local government may be making a profoundly irreversible and a poor decision by approving this application.

    I am hopeful that once the Council recognizes the 100% disdain for this project by the rate-payers commonsense will prevail and they will revoke the application for this mega project.

    Here's hoping ....!!

  15. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Richard Gregson commented

    Dear Councillors

    This DA should NOT be approved. I wish to endorse all of the comments from the other email responses. The location is completely inappropriate. Merrivale Lane can not cope with the current traffic flow easily at present, never mind adding hundreds more cars. Some one will be fatally injured. There is a constant stream of accidents at the junction of Merrivale Lane and Pentecost Avenue. We hear them from our house and I attended another one last week. The improvements to the bend in Pentecost have had no effect. A car crashed into the house on the corner of Rushall and Pentecost earlier this year.
    The continual attempts to destroy Turramurra as a residential suburb with multi-storey apartment blocks, dual occupancy etc is proving to be successful. Further commercial development on a narrow residential Lane is, in my view, ludicrous, totally inappropriate.

    There are 12 child care centres within a 2km radius of Merrivale Lane. Is the council sure that the business case for this development is viable or is this a thinly disguised Trojan Horse for a future apartment block.

    Penetecost is at a standstill at peak periods already, traffic being in gridlock down from Banockburn Rd. Commercial Development needs to be in commercial zones with appropriate services not in a residential Lane.

    The Council must be fair. I contend it is totally unfair and completely unreasonable to allow ratepayers to pay $2-3+ million for houses in this area then rezone land and permit a massive commercial development to be built in the immediate vicinity. If the council is going to rezone land it should be part of a master plan prepared well in advance that residents can comment upon. The Rezoning Process shouldn't be a knee jerk reaction to one off development applications that have been proposed with no regard to planning for the immediate region and the whole suburb.

  16. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Tanya Selever commented

    How this DA could even be considered is baffling!

    A business venture of this scale IN A QUIET SUBURBAN LANE raises serious concerns about town planning & the council.

    We often hear about corruption within councils. This DA has obviously been submitted by an individual &/or organisation with deep pockets.

    All the comments posted by others about this DA, which I don't need to write about again, CLEARLY OUTLINE how unsuitable this business venture is in this location.

    THIS DA IS SO RIDICULOUS THAT IS RAISES BROADERS CONCERNS:
    WHAT IS DRIVING THE COUNCIL'S DECISION MAKING?
    How is it possible for a small residential suburban lane to be converted into a high traffic dangerous area for the residents (not to mention the parents & kids using the centre). This raises questions about the influence of business over community & safety. Anything other than keeping these blocks as intended (single residential dwellings) would raise questions & warrant further investigation.

  17. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Frank Cooke commented

    I strongly object to the proposal to turn Nos 117 and 119-121 Merrivale Lane into a 150 place child care centre. I am staggered that a developer could imagine for one moment that putting such a business in a quiet, narrow LANE would be a good idea.
    I concur with all the comments above, the increased traffic and the parking problems would lead to a very dangerous situation. Like others in the lane, I am obliged to reverse out of my driveway, which has a high stone embankment on either side with next to no vision until my car is already protruding onto the roadway. Increased traffic in the lane will make this manoeuvre much more dangerous. There is no footpath on either side of Merrivale Lane for virtually the whole length, children walking home from school, residents taking a stroll and grandparents pushing grandchildren in strollers now have to walk along the actual roadway.
    As has been mentioned in other comments above, when two cars park opposite each other on either side of the road it is very difficult for another car to fit between them and many is the time that the street sweeper and garbage truck literally "give up" and have to return at a later time (or day).
    Living as I do at the Pentecost end of Merrivale Lane, I agree with those comments made about the dangerous intersection (Merrivale Lane/Pentecost Road). The increased traffic making the right hand turn will certainly lead to a dangerous situation, this is a corner that has seen many serious accidents and regular near misses. Traffic to and from a large child care centre (operating in both am and pm peak periods would would clearly lead to even more dangerous conditions at this blind corner.
    I appeal to Ku-ring-gai Council - please do not approve this development. This is not another NIMBY whinge. If this mega child care centre is built, the lives of residents, local children, not to mention parents and small children who would visit such a facility would be in danger. I reiterate, this is a very narrow lane with already existing issues of parking, access to driveways, lack of footpaths. To approve this proposal would defy logic, decency and common sense.

  18. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Belinda Holmes commented

    Our beautiful lane will be seriously compromised should this huge Child Care development be approved. The lane is narrow, and even now has issues, especially on Friday mornings when garbage is collected. Residents' bins are often left on the street after being emptied, sometimes on their sides, creating further obstacle hazards for parents who are ferrying children to and from local schools in the mornings and afternoons. As it is they have to weave around parked cars and boats left on the lane. Add builders vehicles (mostly utes, SUVs, vans) and visitors cars to this narrow lane, and at times it is nearly impassable.

    I have six very young grandchildren who regularly visit, and I have watched them being loaded into cars. The rear side doors are opened and a parent then leans in to put a child into a car seat, trying to keep an eye on their other children while they do so. Cars coming up or down the lane have to stop and wait while this is going on as the increased width of the car prevents them from passing, particularly if another car is parked on the opposite side of the lane. It is clearly dangerous, made even more so at times by impatient drivers. The potential for accidents will increase unacceptably if the traffic volume were to increase.

  19. In Kirrawee NSW on “Mixed use retail,...” at 566-594 Princes Highway Kirrawee 2232:

    Ben Wood commented

    I agree that the biggest issue will be Oak Road. The stagnation is a real issue both north and south bound at the oak and highway intersection. Pedestrian crossing does hold traffic flow. The north south pedestrian crossing is the only legal way to cross on foot for a significant distance along the highway. The next crossing to the east is at Kingsway. To the west is at Acacia Road outside Honda.
    The must be a strong case for an overhead walking bridge or tunnel to facilitate safer connection to businesses within walking distance. Couple this with the fact that Kirrawee pub is bring built on corner of bath and highway. I can imagine intoxicated people following the road rules and walking up to Oak Road, crossing on the north then west of Oak and highway intersection on the way to the station or cab rank..... Will not happen. They will run the risk and cross 6 lanes of highway traffic. It is human nature to take that short cut.

    The pedestrian disconnect with the commercial area north of the highway and Oak road north and south bound are not even addressed in the traffic report. Residents leaving this development will all use Oak Road north to get onto the highway or cross to the commercial area and beyond

  20. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Andrew Pau commented

    Dear Ku-Ring-Gai Council,

    I write to strongly object to the proposed development of 117, 119-121 Merrivale Lane into a 150 place child care centre. This DA and any non-residential DA should not and must not be approved for reasons given below.
    My family and I have lived in Merrivale Lane for over four years now. The reason we moved here is because it is a very local, peaceful and residential area with traffic limited to mainly local residents.

    The DA for this huge child care centre as a commercial concern is completely out of character and most inappropriate to the lane. This DA will turn it into a huge commercial operation in very narrow lane which will not be able to cope with the significant increase in traffic from parents dropping off and picking up their children, the teachers and staff for the centre, the delivery and maintenance vehicles required to service the centre. In the event of an emergency, it will be difficult if not impossible for emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances etc to get to the centre. The lane is so narrow that road side parking will easily block fire trucks getting through. Currently it is often difficult for the garbage trucks to service the lane when there are cars parked in the lane.

    The Merrivale Lane, Pentecost Avenue, Merrivale Road Junction is a dangerous junction as it is located on a horizontal and vertical curve with a blind stretch for vehicles coming down the vertical curve of Pentecost Avenue. It is currently difficult for vehicles exiting Merrivale Lane onto Pentecost Avenue and more difficult during peak hours. The huge increase in traffic for this proposed DA will make it impossible. The Merrivale Lane and Buckra Street at the other end is also dangerous as it is a blind corner.

    This being a residential and tranquil area with mainly local traffic has attracted a number of families with young children and they often play in the lane including families going for walks. The significant increase in traffic will create safety issues. The significant increase in traffic will also cause significant noise, air and visual pollution. This will be exacerbated during the construction of the huge development.

    With this DA the residential and tranquil character of the lane will be completely destroyed. For now, the proposal may be for the child care centre to operate on weekdays during day time only, but there is nothing to stop it in future wanting to carry out other activities at night and during weekends, it being such a large a commercial operation and they have to make a return on their investment. Consider it as development creep.

    I reiterate that the proposed DA and any non-residential DA must be rejected. I trust that common sense will prevail to preserve the residential and peaceful character of the lane.

  21. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Angelo Galofaro commented

    I am writing to voice my objection to this application. I completely agree with all the comments posted to date and urge that common sense can prevail.

    I have lived in the area all my life and we deliberately chose our current location due to the nature of Merrivale Lane – quiet, peaceful and free of traffic.

    With that in mind, my first point of objective relates to the sheer size and scale of the application. A 150 place child care facility is grossly over the top. This application should be rejected outright for being excessive both in scale and bulk.

    As the application relates to the business of child care, my second point of objection relates to aural privacy (ie noise). This is a quiet, leafy street for which we paid a premium to live here. I did not choose a location next door to a noisy childcare facility. This facility would threaten the very reason many of us choose to live here as it would significantly disrupt the peace.

    Thirdly, this application is completely out of character for this neighbourhood. Once again, the reason many of us choose to live here was due to the character of the area. We did not choose to live in the vicinity of a 150 place child care facility. Upon reading about the application I was both shocked and disappointed that such an application could be made for this area.

    My fourth point of objection relates to the issues that such a facility of this size would create. A quick visit of Merrivale Lane would show anyone that it is a tiny street in which two oncoming cars struggle to pass one another. A 150 place child care facility would place a significant strain on a small Lane as cars would come and go throughout the day (especially early in the morning and late in the day). This presents significant safety concerns for all of us. An underground carpark is far from adequate and again, in our experience, parents will do drop offs and pick ups on the streets. Surely safety is another significant reason to reject this application? What about amenities? Has anyone stopped to consider how on earth bins would be emptied on bin collection day or deliveries from couriers could be made? Once again, this is a small Lane and not a Road nor a Street.

    Finally, this is a Lane with no gutters (only retaining walls) on the stretch from Pentecost to 117 Merivale Lane. This means that, practically, parking is at best limited to one side of the road if at all. I am not sure how or where residents nor their guests are expected to park their cars if a child care centre of any size were to open on this street.

    For all of the above reasons, I would urge council to reject this application. I trust that common sense can prevail as this application is excessively large, grossly out of character and will cause us all aural distress. It would also create significant traffic and parking issues for a Lane.

    Please do not destroy an area that we all love.

  22. In Rockdale NSW on “Construction of Nine (9)...” at 386 Princes Highway, Rockdale NSW 2216:

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  23. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Geoff Harvey commented

    I agree with every comment made about this proposed development in Merrivale Lane.

    Surely common sense and community safety has to outweigh the commercial opportunity that this proposed development is designed to generate for it's investors.

    As a resident of Merrivale Lane for the past 6 years I am very aware of the traffic safety issues which exist today. Many cars use Merrivale Lane as a way to escape the traffic congestion on Pentecost Rd. The corner of Merrivale Lane and Pentecost Rd should be labelled as a "black spot" but for reasons which the residents don't understand, the council refuses to do this.

    Parking is already a challenge. Driving our cars out of driveways is already challenging and child safety has nearly reached serious levels.

    Child care centres provide a wonderful service for all community's, but how could an application be considered when the issue of safety is such a major factor.

    Service vehicles (rubbish trucks, ambulances, road sweepers, council workers) find Merrivale Lane dangerous to navigate today. Image how serious this will become when a development of this magnitude is built, with the significant increase in traffic it will create.

    I share a quote which another resident of Merrivale Lane wrote......."Interestingly I have always had a fair opinion of council and its planning/assessment team and wondered why others hold them with the same regard as "uneducated used car salesman" - perhaps it's because I haven't been exposed to poor judgement and poor decision in the past. I have been served by councils that have used sound judgement with a dash of common sense - I only hope that Ku-ring-gai Council does not start precedence on something that goes down in the History books as a fiscal decision made in a time that decisions can be bought and without the respect and support of its rate payers".

  24. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Peter Langmaid commented

    I would like to raise my objections against this development. I bought in Merrivale Lane approximately three years ago as the location was quiet and safe for my teenage daughter. It provided me with the best options to raise a family - a Lane which has great community spirit and low traffic (which is what a Lane should have) so I knew my daughter would be safe crossing the Lane to visit local friends.

    The introduction of a 150 child day care centre will significantly increase traffic which will make it unsafe for all ages to venture out into the neighbourhood - the lane has no footpaths. Merrivale Lane also joins Pentecost Avenue at a very dangerous corner (I believe there has been several accidents on the corner to date), and the introduction of over 300 vehicles using this corner and Merrivale Lane will surely create more accidents.

    I am aslo concerned about the noise that will be generated by the introduction of an extra 300 vehicles on a small lane, and the introduction of 150 children during the day.

    The proposed construction also does not fit with the general feel of the neighbourhood - the siting, design bulk and scale exceed all other buildings in the immediate proximity as well as the suburb.

    I believe the council needs to heed the feedback of the community - as this is what they have been elected to do - and not be influenced by external investors wanting to make a quick buck.

    I bought in Turramurra because I love the area and the people - please don't destroy this.

    Peter Langmaid

  25. In Kirrawee NSW on “Mixed use retail,...” at 566-594 Princes Highway Kirrawee 2232:

    Robyn commented

    I agree with asking the question about traffic stagnation on Oak Rd as I use that road frequently in peak hour traffic to drive across the highway and it DOES take 2 -3 traffic light changes from the roundabout down to get across. The pedestrians trying to cross the highway also impact negatively on the traffic flow turning left off Oak Rd onto the highway. Will there be an overhead bridge to take that foot traffic safely away from the vehicle traffic, given the size of the project? If not why not? This project will be a recipe for disaster if these issues are not addressed.
    Thank you for considering my request for answers.

  26. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Julian Holden commented

    My home at 120 Merrivale Lane, where I have lived since 2000, is directly opposite the proposed development, and I dread the effects on road safety and on my amenity if this goes ahead.
    Merrivale Lane is a quiet, narrow, picturesque, residential lane which abuts onto Pymble Golf course.  It simply does not have the capacity to take the traffic generated by a child care centre catering for as many as 150 children, as well as the carers and auxiliary staff who will also be coming and going throughout the days.  Whilst parking and on-site drop-off will be provided, there is no doubt many parents will, for expedience or because of congestion, offload their children by stopping/parking on both sides off the lane.  This will create constriction and real hazard, exacerbated by the high kerbs and steep verges that are a feature of the streetscape.  At present, when there has been building development, or if someone throws a party, parking on either side reduces the lane to a single way through, creating hazardous and sometimes impassable conditions for regular traffic.  Once the presence of dozens very young children is factored into the situation, the danger would be unacceptably high.
    In terms of amenity, the proposed development would be noisy, an assault upon the visual privacy and devastating to the peaceful, picturesque surroundings that drew me and so many of my neighbours to buy our homes in Merrivale Lane.  It is especially galling that the owner of the properties subject to this proposal, has always shown an arrogant disregard for the residential environment and the people who live here, by allowing the houses to become derelict, not maintaining the gardens or the nature strips, and doing nothing to clear the litter and debris that are are an ever-present feature.  Such antisocial conduct has been an ongoing affront to those of us who take a pride and pleasure in living here, and who view our houses primarily as homes - not as investments to make a quick buck at the expense of our neighbours.

  27. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Rosanna Morley commented

    The poorly thought through development application for a huge 150-place commercial childcare centre in Merrivale Lane should be rejected by Council for the following numerous and very obvious reasons:-

    The suggested site is on a triple block metres from a Red Fire hazard zone in one of the narrowest residential lanes in the surrounding area which raises terrible safety, emergency access and evacuation concerns.

    The construction process required to excavate and build such a massive commercial enterprise would cause vehicular chaos in the lane, whilst the childcare centre itself would result in a dramatically increased traffic and parking overload to the point where the narrow lane simply could not cope.

    Garbage trucks and street sweeping machines can already have difficulty weaving through the lane’s current levels of resident and tradespeople street parking and, with the traffic overload travelling to and from the childcare centre, as well as staff and customer’s street parking, this will inevitably result in traffic jams and parking difficulties that will frustrate the centre’s customers, let alone the residents.

    As Merrivale Lane is a narrow road, some residents already find it hard to reverse out of their driveways if a car is parked opposite, so increased street parking and resultant loss of visibility of on-coming traffic and pedestrians will create a significant safety issue, especially with large volumes of little children involved – an accident waiting to happen. And should that terrible situation arise, how will ambulances manoeuvre through all the traffic, or fire engines be able to squeeze through parked cars on both sides and get close enough to the site, past 150 evacuated children plus staff and residents gathering on the street where there are no footpaths??

    Clearly, the nature and scale of the application simply do not fit the proposed site.

    Merrivale Lane is a quiet road with elderly residents and young families where children ride their bikes and scooters up and down the road but the nature and safety of the lane will be irretrievably compromised if the childcare centre goes ahead.

    Introducing a substantial commercial business and its accompanying traffic and parking levels into the lane will mean that it will be far too dangerous for children to play in the street any more, heightened by the numerous deliveries made to the centre and extensive levels of garbage that will need to be collected.

    In addition to these innumerable safety concerns, the centre would have a significant detrimental effect on the residents of Merrivale Lane.

    The ugly design of the proposed build does not align with the residential streetscape but, of considerably more importance, the privacy of the surrounding properties would be utterly compromised and the noise levels of having 150 children playing in outdoor play areas metres from their homes would create a significant and on-going disturbance to the residents far beyond levels that could possibly honestly comply with Council’s restrictions.

    It also goes without saying that it would be a struggle for residents to get in and out of their own driveways at peak times, as well as to even drive down the road, with such an increased volume of heavy traffic.

    Please remember this is a little laneway, not a major road, and the results are likely to cause numerous accidents.

    There is already a substantial number of existing childcare centres within minutes’ walking distance to Merrivale Lane. There will always be a need for childcare centres but it would seem far more logical to make additional childcare services available to the general public across a wider geographic spread rather than having so many bunched into a very small area.

    And it would seem far more logical to place one in a road that provides sufficient and safe levels of access to the centre for both customers and emergency response vehicles.

    Surely, in this case, Council’s sense and natural focus on safety will prevail and they will reject the proposal.

  28. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Erica Greenop commented

    Proposed 150 place child care centre development
    117, 119-121 Merrivale Lane Turramurra
    • Sections of Merrivale lane are 7.1 mtrs wide ie narrower than council-designated road or street width of 8.5mtrs (sub.Div.Code 1972 sect 6.3)
    • The area is zoned residential
    • Residents access Merrivale Lane from their driveways, some are steep with nil visibility to the road
    • Anticipated increased traffic (up to 150 cars at drop-off and again at pick-up), increased parking on both sides of Merrivale Lane, the potential for serious or fatal accident particularly children, the noise that would inevitably be generated by 150 children, the existence of inappropriate development in a residential area is not acceptable
    • The cross road Merrivale Lane/Pentecost Ave/Merrivale Road is a dangerous intersection. A distracted driver, a moment of inattention at the wheel, could result in a fatal accident
    THERE IS VERY REAL DANGER TO LIFE AND LIMB
    THE LOCAL ENVIRONS ARE COMPLETELY NOT APPROPRIATE FOR A CHILD CARE CENTRE
    THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT MUST NOT BE ALLOWED

  29. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Leanne Fry commented

    I agree with every comment made already about this proposal and strongly object. It is a commercial sized enterprise proposed for a street with nothing near commercial egress or infrastructure - road width, visibility, access, footpaths, on street parking. At the Pentecost Rd end the intersection is highly dangerous and always has been. A car waiting to turn right into Merrivale Lane, at the same time a car is waiting to turn right into Merrivale Rd, has seen many an accident. Recently someone turning into Merrivale Rd thought I had my lights in high beam, due to the angle of my car as I waited. They flashed their high beam at me, swung around fast barely missing my car and slammed into the curb. The right turn is dangerous due to cars still speeding through, even when a car is waiting to turn. At the Lane end people using the Lane as a shortcut regularly cut the blind corner at speed. The increased flow of traffic waiting to turn into Pentecost Rd from Mona Vale Rd which is already slow at peak will be impossible to get through. This is ill-conceived and I am surprised that the increased risk and liability issues are not more fully explored!

  30. In Turramurra NSW on “Demolition of house at 117...” at 117 Merrivale Lane, Turramurra, NSW:

    Trevor Barnes commented

    I write in connection with the above planning application. I have examined the proposed development carefully and I know Merrivale lane well. I have lived here for eight years.
    I wish to object strongly to the development of DA0413/15 in this location.

    Whilst pressure for the development by its applicant, presumably with deep pockets, may be considerable council must realise in its assessment that it is ill-considered.
    Merrivale Lane is a small lane where development proposals should be accessed very carefully. The protection of the Lane’s visual, aural privacy and character must be preserved and this development proposal fails in every aspect to take the opportunities available for improving the area and the way it functions.

    The incremental traffic volume and the associated safety risks created, both in the Lane and at the stop intersection of Merrivale Lane and Pentecost Road which is already a very dangerous blind intersection, would be disastrous as would the safety impact on residents and those who use the Lane for recreational activities.

    It is notable to consider there are really no safe continuous foot paths in the lane. The foot paths are undulating and disconnected with large differences in levels necessitating children riding bikes and folks out and walking dogs needing to use the road. This once again with a substantial increase in traffic volume represents a sizable safety risk.

    If two vehicles are parked opposite each other in the Lane, larger vehicles cannot pass through. This has been a source of frustration for many Garbage truck and street cleaner drivers and is well known to all who live in the street. Safety concerns in this regard have been reported in the past by drivers.

    While design issues might be solved by conditions or revised proposals, these could not remedy the siting problem.

    Furthermore, there is no need for this kindergarten in the immediate vicinity. There are already 12 within a three kilometer radius with a further DA application in the Bannockburn road vicinity.

    If this application is to be decided by Councillors, please take this as notice that I would like to speak at the meeting of the committee at which this application is expected to be decided.
    Please let me know as soon as possible the date of the meeting.

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