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  1. In Burnett Heads QLD on “Reconfiguring a Lot (One...” at 70-80 Shelley St, Burnett Heads, QLD, Australia:

    Fergus Hogg commented

    We have lived here 27 years and are all for development, but there is an abundance of vacant land in the area so there is no justification on need.
    A large part of the areas charm is the larger 5 acre blocks on the front that at the time the then Port authority assured residents would remain that if given approval for the subdivision of the then 60 odd acres they sold off. I understand times change, but again there is no need for more lots to be made available, this is purely speculative development done for financial gain.
    Also that location is quite busy with schoolkids walking and riding to the park opposite, school, beach etc. There are no footpaths!
    Revisit it in 5-10 years when perhaps demand will justify it but certainly not now.

  2. In Cherrybrook NSW on “Land Modification - Removal...” at 59-61 Macquarie Drive Cherrybrook NSW 2126 Australia:

    Ysolda Eckhardt commented

    Dear Sirs,

    Why is the reason that you are cutting so many trees in one place?

  3. In East Toowoomba QLD on “Reconfigure 1 into 2 Lots” at 20 Sir Street East Toowoomba QLD 4350:

    Paddy Boxall commented

    How soon before we get a council that will actually stand up for the residents of Toowoomba?
    This, no doubt is another development to create a postage sized block to completely infill what is a charming little street with another squashed in four bedroom McMansion. If we, the residents don't get up in arms soon there won't be a part of this area of town worth living in. It certainly won't be anything like the place we all picked to live because of its large blocks and charming houses. Wo is us.

  4. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Amanda Kent commented

    I object to another mosque being built on Belgrave Hallam Road. There is not only one already in the area, that is currently congesting suburban streets, main roads and traffic lights but another one (even larger than this) would cause these already existing problems to double.

    I also object to having to look at such an unsightly building on the beautiful foot hills of Lysterfield. I feel it will devalue the area with those that find it unsightly and generate noise pollution, traffic pollution and the likes in a currently, environmentally conservative area.

  5. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Todd Ross-Kellow commented

    I strongly object as traffic and congestion around the area would be greatly effected. The road is ill equipped to handle such tragic as it is only single lane in each direction. There would be serious safety concerns to consider on such a road as this. The speed limit is 80kmh and to have large amounts of traffic entering/exiting could prove disasterous. This is not a place suitable for for the mosque. Seeing as though it is in a green wedge aswell, the concerns over wildlife particularly the many kangaroos in the area should be taken into consideration too.

  6. In Ryde NSW on “To demolish and construct a...” at 744 Victoria Rd, Ryde, NSW Australia:

    Jennie Minifie commented

    Development on this site should not be permitted to exceed two to three storeys. This site is close to St Anne's church which is heritage listed under the Ryde LEP. I note that the Armenian church now has established a very close legal relationship with the Anglican church administration, as reflected in the current signage at St Anne's approved by Ryde Council.

    The Ryde Community Alliance therefore anticipates a genuine and positive relationship between the Anglican and the Armenian churches that will secure the heritage significance of St Anne's church and cemetery for future generations of Australians and citizens 0f Ryde to enjoy.

    Accordingly,the Alliance submits that development in excess of two storeys would be excessive and would seriously compromise clear views to the Parramatta River and restrict the movement of breezes from the River to the adjacent land, including land along the Victoria Road frontages.

  7. In Monbulk VIC on “Multi dwelling and/or...” at 93-95 Main Road, Monbulk VIC 3793:

    Els BAKKER commented

    Wrong area, this is very much part of residential area, or next to smaller businesses.
    This would create in and out going traffic in a blind corner.

    If Monbulk is to be developed commercially, it needs to be planned well in advance and land bought further away from the town centre. This is ad hoc planning, Monbulk is a village not part of suburbia and some would have us believe.
    Also consider the reason other service stations closed.

  8. In Leichhardt NSW on “Demolition of rear portion...” at 80 Edith Street Leichhardt NSW 2040:

    Deanna Payne commented

    This house is up for sale today with these changes, puzzled!

  9. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Heather lavery commented

    I object to the above mentioned plan for a mosque. I object to the traffic and noise especially very early in the morning. I see the traffic for the mosque down the other end of Belgrave Hallam rd and fear this will lead to even more congestion along Belgrave Hallam rd. Not only this but it is a residential area not commercisl. This shouldnt be allowed this road gets busy enough.

  10. In Camperdown NSW on “To partially demolish the...” at 2-4 Hopetoun Street Camperdown NSW 2050:

    zio ledeux wrote to local councillor Max Phillips

    how will this affect the neighbours re overshadowing and privacy. also is there car access? where will the cars park? parking is already beyond what it can accomadate

    Delivered to local councillor Max Phillips. They are yet to respond.

  11. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    RUTH MEADOWS commented

    Application Reference no. PINA00679/14

    I do not want another Mosque in Narre Warren....what you are doing is setting up a muslim community...instead of a mixed community....this is racisicm at its best...you are going to turn the community against these people.. there is already a mosque in Narre Warren.....this is going to cause anger to the point of where the Council WILL BE responsible for the safety of these people. Why can't you use the area to enhance the Community as a whole including the muslim community ... not as a segrated muslim area...let ALL enjoy...this is the most ridiculous thing I have seen the Council even hear. Also The proposed land area is in a Green wedge Zone.

  12. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Jimmy commented

    I strongly object to a new mosque at this site. Why not build factories or multi story apartment blocks? What a joke Casey council. You can guarantee house prices will go downhill if this goes through on such a main strip of Narre warren. This area is meant to be nice and subtle where the scenery is beautiful. No one wants to look at an eye sore like this. If this is what you want you may as well build a shopping center on one of the farms also.
    This isn't the only issue of a mosque being built- what about traffic? We have to put up with enough traffic as it is and with more family's and singles coming into the area will only make things worse. Not to mention there is one 10 minutes down the road. Say goodbye to the lovely Narre warren north as we know it! Absolute disgrace.

  13. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Jack Frazer commented

    Application Reference no. PINA00679/14
    This monstrosity will surely cause traffic problems, parking problems and will detract from the quiet rural feel of Narre Warren. I have observed other mosques in NSW on specific days where the mosque attendees get out on the road in droves to bend down & pray on the roads and I feel this is totally unacceptable when this sort of drama causes chaos on the streets for the majority of non muslim/religious citizens in the Narre Warren area who just want to get on with their daily lives/trips. There is also a mosque no more than 5 minutes away from this site, if this minority of the faith refuse to travel 5 mins further to attend to their prayers then there is something suspiciously wrong I think.

  14. In Collingwood VIC on “Development of the land for...” at 15-21 Derby St Collingwood VIC 3066:

    David Nicholson commented

    This is another very large developent proposd in Derby street PLN16/0092 has- 41 dwellings.Cambridge street - PLN15/1083 has 137 Dwelliings, 61-71 Wellington and 37-39 Langridge Street P2636/2015 - ,(VCAT) has 196 Dwellings.
    73-77 Wellington St PLN15/1138 has 79 Dwellings- over 450 dwellings under consideration at any one time There is an urgent need for the council to keep control of all this development- this is becoming a very scary place to live.

  15. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Antonia C commented

    Application Reference no. PINA00679/14
    I have copied & edited another persons letter as it is exactly what I agree with and would write, the only thing I would add is that I am strongly opposed to any further developments of any community/religious groups. Developments of this size & nature are not suitable to Narre Warren North (refer reasons below).

    Council, LISTEN to what the vast majority of our community is saying!

    This proposed development would mean drastic negative changes for us locals of Narre Warren North, if recent experiences of the “Hallam Mosque” are anything to go by! This new proposed development has now also been labeled as the “LARGEST MOSQUE IN AUSTRALIA”, with anticipated patronage of 1500+ on 22 acres, over a few “stages” of development.
    I live near the "Hallam Mosque" & have first hand experience as to the changes & problems directly attributed to it. Every neighbour I have ever spoken to about this is very, very frustrated and angry. Many complaints have been lodged with council over the last few years. The initial assurances given by Council, insisting there would be minimal impact in the surrounding neighbourhoods, have proved to be very FALSE and misleading in fact.

    To all the NON Objectors posting on this site: STOP citing Australian law & discrimination, as if the “rights” of the muslim community override the rights of the majority of the people who already live there. I believe most of the mosque’s patrons are very likely to come from suburbs other than Narre Warren North - similar situation as to what has already been observed at the “Hallam Mosque”. Objectors objections are NOT worthless. It is the local people who are objecting & with good reason. People who live in this area have a right to free speech as well. PLEASE actually read people’s comments & UNDERSTAND that it is “you” who propose coming into this quiet suburb on “YOUR” terms. Respect & acknowledge that fact please!

    I hereby wish to OBJECT to the Permit application and proposal for a Mosque and Islamic School in Narre Warren North Due to the following:

    A social impact study should be conducted before the application be looked at or considered any further.
    This should include and consider the community of Narre Warren North, the fabric of the community, events within the community, the nature of the community, the vibe of the community and how the addition of a mosque, an islamic school and an islamic community hub would impact the existing community and social structure. This would also have to take into account community events such as the Carols by Candle light that takes place annually in Bert Rae Reserve just across the road from the proposed islamic site for example.

    A traffic impact study for Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Heatherton Road and A’Beckett Road would also need to be conducted for due diligence before any consideration is given to the application and the future plans for the site. This would have to look at and consider a dual carriage way for Belgrave-Hallam Road and Heatherton Road to handle the addition traffic. Traffic lights at the T-intersection of A’Beckett Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road. Traffic is difficult enough now as it is plus the addition of a new Christian School at the corner of A’Beckett Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road with plans for 1,000 students from prep to year 12 and this is on top of the existing school and students of Narre Warren North Primary School.

    With two schools already within a stone’s throw of the planned mosque and islamic school, why do we even need or want an additional school?

    Narre Warren North is a Low Residential Zone, not suitable or equipped for high Masses of people. The land is rural and not suitable for a mosque or residential precinct.

    I believe it will destroy and go against the beautiful landscape and the Foothills of the Dandenongs (Foothills Landscape Study)

    There is no transparency regarding this application, no one informed the locals of the proposal, it was kept under wraps and has been inappropriately acted on since the purchase of land in August 2013. The planning on this proposal is well advanced and has at least 4 stages of development that I am now aware with the plan to expand at each stage to result in mosque for 500 plus, an islamic school for 950 plus students, residences for muslims and a community hub that appears to include islamic centre, shops, businesses and even an agricultural area. Information I have seen conservatively states over 1,500 people living on site. This furthers the question of underhandedness, stealth and keeping the project, planning and final development underwraps and concerns me greatly.

    There already is well over patronage and parking issues at Lysterfield Lake which is in the same vicinity. This creates the question of buses, bus parking and car parking on the site and that it will be sufficient and inline with all stages of development and expansion. As there will be further development and expansion on the site once the first stage is approved.

    The proposed land area is in an already in a Green wedge Zone.
    Creating Muslim Hub in Narre Warren North will create a drastic change in the area and I believe will compromise the already beautiful environment surrounding us. This will also devalue the area and the local homeowners’ properties.

    The Population of Islamic Faith in the area is minimal and in fact a minority so I’m not sure why the need for another Mosque as there already has one not 5KM away in Narre Warren North (135-137 Belgrave Hallam Road). Based on the census report in 2011 the population of all Narre Warren was 25,882 and supposedly islam accounted for 5.6% of the population or less than 1,500 people. The current Mosque called “Hallam Mosque”, which is also in Narre Warren North, can house over 270 people at a time, has 5 prayers times per day and there are other mosques in surrounding areas such as Doveton.

    The prayer timetable for the Hallam Mosque is 5 prayers per day, the first beginning at sunrise, and the last at approx. 10.50pm. I have concerns with the noise and traffic before and after these prayer times plus there is the school traffic to consider on top of other events that will take place on the site.

    The Hallam, Narre Warren North, mosque can houses over 385 people as can be seen in a recent application to increase the number rejected by council. It is reported that the numbers at the mosque were already significantly higher than the approved 270. This is my concern that the traffic is already a problem at the Hallam Mosque, and the new proposed site is for 500 plus and a staff of 135 (that is provided that the numbers do not go higher than this).Application Reference No. PINA00679/14.

    I hereby wish to OBJECT to the Permit application and proposal for a Mosque and Islamic School in Narre Warren North plus all future applications, proposals and expansions due to the concerns and required studies, research and reports required to fully consider the impact, damage and major works this project and site will require and create.

    Yours Sincerely

  16. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    emmett commented

    Application Reference no. PINA00679/14

    I have copied another persons letter as it reflects exactly my concerns. I will add that I would also be opposed to this development at this location irrespective of it being a place or worship or any other style or development on such a large scale. The proposed development is not appropriate for the area .

    I hereby wish to OBJECT to the Permit application and proposal for a Mosque and Islamic School in Narre Warren North Due to the following:

    A social impact study should be conducted before the application be looked at or considered any further.

    This should include and consider the community of Narre Warren North, the fabric of the community, events within the community, the nature of the community, the vibe of the community and how the addition of a mosque, an islamic school and an islamic community hub would impact the existing community and social structure. This would also have to take into account community events such as the Carols by Candle light that takes place annually in Bert Rae Reserve just across the road from the proposed islamic site for example.

    A traffic impact study for Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Heatherton Road and A’Beckett Road would also need to be conducted for due diligence before any consideration is given to the application and the future plans for the site. This would have to look at and consider a dual carriage way for Belgrave-Hallam Road and Heatherton Road to handle the addition traffic. Traffic lights at the T-intersection of A’Beckett Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road. Traffic is difficult enough now as it is plus the addition of a new Christian Scholl at the corner of A’Beckett Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road with plans for 1,000 students from prep to year 12 and this is on top of the existing school and students of Narre Warren North Primary School.

    With two schools already within a stone’s throw of the planned mosque and islamic school, why do we even need or want an additional school?

    Narre Warren North is a Low Residential Zone, not suitable or equipped for high Masses of people. The land is rural and not suitable for a mosque or residential precinct.

    I believe it will destroy and go against the beautiful landscape and the Foothills of the Dandenongs (Foothills Landscape Study)

    There is no transparency regarding this application, no one informed the locals of the proposal, it was kept under wraps and has been inappropriately acted on since the purchase of land in August 2013. The planning on this proposal is well advanced and has at least 4 stages of development that I am now aware with the plan to expand at each stage to result in mosque for 500 plus, an islamic school for 950 plus students, residences for muslims and a community hub that appears to include islamic centre, shops, businesses and even an agricultural area. Information I have seen conservatively states over 1,500 people living on site. This furthers the question of underhandedness, stealth and keeping the project, planning and final development underwraps and concerns me greatly.

    There already is well over patronage and parking issues at Lysterfield Lake which is in the same vicinity. This creates the question of buses, bus parking and car parking on the site and that it will be sufficient and inline with all stages of development and expansion. As there will be further development and expansion on the site once the first stage is approved.

    The proposed land area is in an already in a Green wedge Zone.
    Creating Muslim Hub in Narre Warren North will create a drastic change in the area and I believe will compromise the already beautiful environment surrounding us. This may also impact upon the value of local homeowners’ properties.

    The Population of Islamic Faith in the area is minimal and in fact a minority, surely the construction major buildings are for current demand, not merely to attract people to an area. Why is there a need for another Mosque as there is an existing one not 5KM away in Narre Warren North (135-137 Belgrave Hallam Road).

    Based on the census report in 2011 the population of all Narre Warren was 25,882 and supposedly islam accounted for 5.6% of the population or less than 1,500 people. The current Mosque called “Hallam Mosque”, which is also in Narre Warren North, can house over 270 people at a time, has 5 prayers times per day and there are other mosques in surrounding areas such as Doveton.

    The prayer timetable for the Hallam Mosque is 5 prayers per day, the first beginning at sunrise, and the last at approx. 10.50pm. I have concerns with the noise and traffic before and after these prayer times plus there is the school traffic to consider on top of other vents that will take place on the site.

    The Hallam, Narre Warren North, mosque can houses over 385 people as can be seen in a recent application to increase the number rejected by council. It is reported that the numbers at the mosque were already significantly higher than the approved 270. This is my concern that the traffic is already a problem at the Hallam Mosque, and the new proposed site is for 500 plus and a staff of 135 (that is provided that the numbers do not go higher than this).Application Reference No. PINA00679/14.

    I hereby wish to OBJECT to the Permit application and proposal for a Mosque and Islamic School in Narre Warren North plus all future applications, proposals and expansions due to the concerns and required studies, research and reports required to fully consider the impact, damage and major works this project and site will require and create.

  17. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Peta Stapleton commented

    I strongly object to the effects that this project will manifest within our community, value in property, traffic, noise, opportunities for futher destruction of farm land, safety of primary school children who are currently in a very QUIET and SAFE street who only locals visit. THERE IS A MOSQUE 5 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THIS LOCATION THAT ALREADY EXISTS. I am devistated at the idea that next door to my house will be a noisy, horrible eyesore, ruining the view from the home I have lived in almost my whole life.
    What this town has been, the reasons it is so great, safe, quiet, historical, respected, loved and valued by the community and the beauty within it will be all at risk. My home town and the idea of it will die and it will all be a memory.
    It will no longer be safe, it will no longer be quiet, it will no longer have a tight nit community.

  18. In Helensburgh NSW on “Clearing Of Land And...” at Lot 2 Wagonga Road, Helensburgh NSW 2508:

    Jenny Sherratt commented

    The bus company have had no difficulty in entering and exiting the bus compound from Walker Street up till now so there does not appear to be any good reason for the bus company to clear trees on the boundary of their land. It would appear that they are only trying to extend their footprint.

  19. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Monique jayven commented

    I hereby wish to OBJECT to the Permit application and proposal for a Mosque and Islamic School in Narre Warren North Due to the following:

    Narre Warren North is a Low Residential Zone, not suitable or equipped for high Masses of people. The land is rural and not suitable for a mosque or residential precinct.

    I believe it will destroy and go against the beautiful landscape and the Foothills of the Dandenongs (Foothills Landscape Study)

    There already is well over patronage and parking issues at Lysterfield Lake which is in the same vicinity.

    Traffic within the are and surrounds is already congested, especially in the mornings and afternoons. this includes both Heatherton and Wellington Roads.

    The proposed land area is in an already in a Green wedge Zone.

    Creating Muslim Hub in Narre Warren North will create a drastic change in the area and I believe will compromise the already beautiful environment surrounding us.

    The Population of Islamic Faith in the area is minimal and in fact a minority so I’m not sure why the need for another Mosque as there already has one not 5KM away in Narre Warren North (135-137 Belgrave Hallam Road).

  20. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Susy esther commented

    I hereby wish to OBJECT to the Permit application and proposal for a Mosque and Islamic School in Narre Warren North Due to the following:

    Narre Warren North is a Low Residential Zone, not suitable or equipped for high Masses of people. The land is rural and not suitable for a mosque or residential precinct.

    I believe it will destroy and go against the beautiful landscape and the Foothills of the Dandenongs (Foothills Landscape Study)

    There already is well over patronage and parking issues at Lysterfield Lake which is in the same vicinity.

    Traffic within the are and surrounds is already congested, especially in the mornings and afternoons. this includes both Heatherton and Wellington Roads.

    The proposed land area is in an already in a Green wedge Zone.

    Creating Muslim Hub in Narre Warren North will create a drastic change in the area and I believe will compromise the already beautiful environment surrounding us.

    The Population of Islamic Faith in the area is minimal and in fact a minority so I’m not sure why the need for another Mosque as there already has one not 5KM away in Narre Warren North (135-137 Belgrave Hallam Road).

  21. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Shaun Trotter commented

    I strongly object to a Mosque operating from 365-367 Belgrave Hallam Road: The congesstion also the 25 meter towers and the whole building will be a scar for our lovely green community. The traffic would be horendous. also the noise polution due to their call to pray systems. Leave the country side be. The view from NArre North to lysterfield would be ruined for ever.

    This is a lovely rural community and I believe this would cause great concern for most of the local community.
    A Very Concerned Property Owner

  22. In Schofields NSW on “2 x Residential flat buildings” at Proposed Lot 12B and 13D within the subdivision of Lots 12 and 13 Dp 31797, 34-38 Pelican Road, Schofields:

    Darsh commented

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    The multi-storey residential development includes 4 building blocks A, B, C and D creating in total 270 units in this area are become a overcrowded area and it will causing issue for parking. We are leaving near by this plan with R1 Zoning and if this plan will be come on board, than we might have a privacy issue. It will also issue at Schofield station where not enough parking spot. It will also cover our open view. Please be consider all aspect before approve this development as we all in R1 zone. It will affect our kids as not enough school in our catchment area.

  23. In Randwick NSW on “New footpath dining area...” at 46 Frenchmans Road Randwick NSW 2031:

    Roy Morgan commented

    I am not keen on allowing any additional outdoor dining in that area. Customers rarely confine their seating to the Council designated space and naturally spread over the footpath. This is not a wide footpath like down at The Spot. Several bushes are also planted along that stretch which further reduces pedestrians ability to walk by tables and chairs safely (generally now it is single file only) Throw in a dog on a leash, chair legs to trip over, a couple of prams plus poor lighting and you have the makings of a liability claim from injured passersby.

  24. In Epping NSW on “Mixed - Shop Top Housing...” at 12-22 Langston Place Epping NSW 2121 Australia:

    Marilyn McKenzie commented

    Don't understand why this is allowed to be happening. Epping is already bottle necked and traffic is struggling to flow. Why compound the problem? Where are cars going to park? There is no parking for the train station and this is allowed to happen. You want to bring people in but you are pushing people out. These high rises are the slums of the future. But does anyone care about what Epping looks like. Another Chatswood. Heaven forbid.

    This is WRONG1 WRONG1 WRONG1

    Clearly no real planning has gone into this. You only have to drive around Sydney to see how horrible these highrises look. What a shame! Sydney is losing its character fast!

  25. In Oatlands NSW on “Conversion of Dwelling to a...” at 15 Ellis Street, Oatlands NSW 2117:

    Gary Carter commented

    Please reject this development application; this home needs a full heritage restoration and a family, the location is wrong for a housing commune of any form. Five car parking places would be insufficient for a micro-subdivision of 12 separate en-suite rooms on this narrow road, there would be a lot more cars coming and going and this will lead to accidents.
    In its rich past, the property was used as a farmhouse and later become a country retreat in the 1890s. Around 1910-1914, it was owned by John Symonds and Endicott Ellis, an architect from London, after whom the street was named. In the 1930s it was operated as a dairy farm by the Stanfield family and it has been owned by the Stansfield’s ever since.
    This may not be a full subdivision, but in a sense it is a micro-subdivision, so in assessing development applications affecting heritage items, Council also has regard to the provisions of the The Hills Development Control Plan 2012 - Part C Section 4 - Heritage and principles of the ICOMOS Burra Charter,
    Where it states in section 3.2. SUBDIVISION:
    “The subdivision of land upon which a heritage building is located has the potential to isolate the building from its setting thereby reducing its cultural or historical relevance. The setting of a heritage building is often referred to as the curtilage and may include the immediate garden, mature trees, original allotment boundaries, paddocks, fencing, outbuildings, archaeological sites, views/vistas or any other feature or space which allows a greater understanding of its historical context. The curtilage is therefore essential for retaining and interpreting the heritage significance of that building.”
    Therefore a parking area for up to 12 residents in front of this important historical home would definitely impinge on the curtilage and visual importance of this site.
    Who is Responsible for the Shire's Heritage? We the people are!
    “The new owners are going to renovate it and live in it,” said agent Lou Taylor, from Taylor Real Estate Oatlands, when the house was sold.
    Please consider wisely and with due diligence.

  26. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Keith commented

    Application Reference no. PINA00679/14

    I have copied another persons letter as it reflects exactly my concerns. I will add that I would also be opposed to this development at this location irrespective of it being a place or worship or any other style or development on such a large scale. The proposed development is not appropriate for the area .

    I hereby wish to OBJECT to the Permit application and proposal for a Mosque and Islamic School in Narre Warren North Due to the following:

    A social impact study should be conducted before the application be looked at or considered any further.

    This should include and consider the community of Narre Warren North, the fabric of the community, events within the community, the nature of the community, the vibe of the community and how the addition of a mosque, an islamic school and an islamic community hub would impact the existing community and social structure. This would also have to take into account community events such as the Carols by Candle light that takes place annually in Bert Rae Reserve just across the road from the proposed islamic site for example.

    A traffic impact study for Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Heatherton Road and A’Beckett Road would also need to be conducted for due diligence before any consideration is given to the application and the future plans for the site. This would have to look at and consider a dual carriage way for Belgrave-Hallam Road and Heatherton Road to handle the addition traffic. Traffic lights at the T-intersection of A’Beckett Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road. Traffic is difficult enough now as it is plus the addition of a new Christian Scholl at the corner of A’Beckett Road and Belgrave-Hallam Road with plans for 1,000 students from prep to year 12 and this is on top of the existing school and students of Narre Warren North Primary School.

    With two schools already within a stone’s throw of the planned mosque and islamic school, why do we even need or want an additional school?

    Narre Warren North is a Low Residential Zone, not suitable or equipped for high Masses of people. The land is rural and not suitable for a mosque or residential precinct.

    I believe it will destroy and go against the beautiful landscape and the Foothills of the Dandenongs (Foothills Landscape Study)

    There is no transparency regarding this application, no one informed the locals of the proposal, it was kept under wraps and has been inappropriately acted on since the purchase of land in August 2013. The planning on this proposal is well advanced and has at least 4 stages of development that I am now aware with the plan to expand at each stage to result in mosque for 500 plus, an islamic school for 950 plus students, residences for muslims and a community hub that appears to include islamic centre, shops, businesses and even an agricultural area. Information I have seen conservatively states over 1,500 people living on site. This furthers the question of underhandedness, stealth and keeping the project, planning and final development underwraps and concerns me greatly.

    There already is well over patronage and parking issues at Lysterfield Lake which is in the same vicinity. This creates the question of buses, bus parking and car parking on the site and that it will be sufficient and inline with all stages of development and expansion. As there will be further development and expansion on the site once the first stage is approved.

    The proposed land area is in an already in a Green wedge Zone.
    Creating Muslim Hub in Narre Warren North will create a drastic change in the area and I believe will compromise the already beautiful environment surrounding us. This may also impact upon the value of local homeowners’ properties.

    The Population of Islamic Faith in the area is minimal and in fact a minority, surely the construction major buildings are for current demand, not merely to attract people to an area. Why is there a need for another Mosque as there is an existing one not 5KM away in Narre Warren North (135-137 Belgrave Hallam Road).

    Based on the census report in 2011 the population of all Narre Warren was 25,882 and supposedly islam accounted for 5.6% of the population or less than 1,500 people. The current Mosque called “Hallam Mosque”, which is also in Narre Warren North, can house over 270 people at a time, has 5 prayers times per day and there are other mosques in surrounding areas such as Doveton.

    The prayer timetable for the Hallam Mosque is 5 prayers per day, the first beginning at sunrise, and the last at approx. 10.50pm. I have concerns with the noise and traffic before and after these prayer times plus there is the school traffic to consider on top of other vents that will take place on the site.

    The Hallam, Narre Warren North, mosque can houses over 385 people as can be seen in a recent application to increase the number rejected by council. It is reported that the numbers at the mosque were already significantly higher than the approved 270. This is my concern that the traffic is already a problem at the Hallam Mosque, and the new proposed site is for 500 plus and a staff of 135 (that is provided that the numbers do not go higher than this).Application Reference No. PINA00679/14.

    I hereby wish to OBJECT to the Permit application and proposal for a Mosque and Islamic School in Narre Warren North plus all future applications, proposals and expansions due to the concerns and required studies, research and reports required to fully consider the impact, damage and major works this project and site will require and create.

  27. In Castle Hill NSW on “Expansion of Knightsbridge...” at Knightsbridge Shopping Centre, 159 Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill NSW 2154:

    Helen Carr commented

    On Council's website - there is an application for 4 new shops to be built fronting Gilbert Road (in front of existing chicken shop and Louis Carr Real Estate) with a new entrance in front of existing entrance. https://epathway.thehills.nsw.gov.au/ePathway/Production/Web/GeneralEnquiry/EnquiryDetailView.aspx?Id=847305
    If this link doesn't work (as John's link didn't work for me) - try http://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Building/Development-Approvals/Application-Tracking/Development-Application-Tracking - and then click on purple link, then click on development applications, then click next, then click on Development Applications, then type in 1227/2016/HA and voila!! The relevant application number comes up, click on it and you will then have access to the application, parking report, and copies of plans.

  28. In Prospect TAS on “Residential - multiple...” at 5 Legges Crescent Prospect TAS 7250:

    v w commented

    I agree with Brad that the number of residences in this development has been maximised beyond expectations. One reason for this, and a continuing serious problem, is Launceston's lack of requirement for 'green space' in new developments. There are no rules for the maximum percentage of a plot of land that can be built on. As long as height restrictions and perimeter distance-from-neighbour rules are followed, nothing else is required. There appears to be no council interest in incorporating helpful, healthy 'green spaces' into each and every new housing approval. The result is a neighbourhood that looks sadly crowded.

  29. In Narre Warren North VIC on “Use and Development of a...” at 365-367 Belgrave-Hallam Road, Narre Warren North, VIC:

    Maggie commented

    I object to a Mosque operating from 365-367 Belgrave Hallam Road :
    Firstly the Mosque and Church at the other end if Belgrave Hallam road have caused and continue to cause traffic issues as when you turn right at lights into Belgrave Hallam Rd I have had cars exit out if their drives directly in front of traffic, also cars parked on both sides of road on nature strips and it is congested and a traffic hazard. The same would occur for this new mosque which us situated directly down from intersection of Hilton Court and cause further noise, traffic congestion in a RESIDENTIAL area not COMMERCIAL! They already illegally tried to operate a mosque and gathering when they first bought the property and there was a stream of cars exiting the property on to Belgrave Hallam Rd until residents reported this activity to the Council and it was ceased as a mosque.
    I strongly object to any activity other than the purpose of residential in our lovely rural area whereby the residents have invested in owning homes.

  30. In Mount Waverley VIC on “Development of three triple...” at 319 Blackburn Road Mount Waverley VIC 3149:

    Jo Lucas commented

    This should not be allowed. No way should the road access be changed. This intensive development is completely inappropriate for this zoning and the suburb too. The intersections of Waverley and Blackburn have become more and more congested since I first purchased my home very near there in 2004. That intersection is a hazard with very narrow lanes from all points plus big hills on multiple side and the 7 11 crossing and the Macdonalds entry and exit points as well. In addition there is a big ''lump/slump'' in the middle of the intersection that makes it hard to navigate. This development does not contemplate the congestion caused by so many units on one block without adequate allocation of car parking. These are the exact types of ''quick buck'' developments that spoil the green nature of the suburb for all of us and then require Council to implement draconian additional requirements for canopy trees and extra yard space that restrict everyone's rights even those that respect the suburb's green feel. The solution is really simple: don't allow these kinds of inappropriate developments. If people want to live on top of each other, St Kilda is pretty good for that, PLUS IT HAS A BEACH. Leave Glen Green and keep the this type of nasty development out of our suburb please! Plus on thinking about this more laterally, I think that Council should possibly consider the impact of possible class actions from residents in the future if too many developments are allowed in the Glen Waverley Secondary Collage zone which then in turn might force the school to re state its zoning. This will also devalue homes that are no longer in the ''zone''. If average families who have bought in the ''zone'' in the hope of sending their children to that school are not able to do that because of intensive and inappropriate development I doubt they will be very happy. With litigation funding companies sprouting up everywhere these days I don't think it is prudent for council to allow too much development in that ''zone''. Perhaps a solution is a levy to be paid to the Glen Waverley Secondary Collage (say 5% of the net proceeds of the sale) ever time someone wants to sub divide in the ''Zone'' This will enable the school to broaden and cater for the increased population being forcibly created.

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