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  1. In Waterloo NSW on “Fitout and use of retail...” at 18 Danks Street Waterloo NSW 2017:

    Sean commented

    Wondering why a kitchen showroom needs to be licenced, and stay open till midnight, especially on bank holidays.
    Thanks, Sean

  2. In Killara NSW on “Child care Centre” at 5 Manning Road, Killara, NSW:

    Kym Glouftsis commented

    Further to my previous objection to the above-mentioned proposed childcare and wish to register my strong objection to this development on the following grounds:

    1. Unsuitability of Use for the Area

    The proposed development provides for a commercial type operation in a low density residential zoning. A centre of this type fails to correlate to the general objectives of this zoning and built form intended for development under the zoning. Specifically we believe that the proposal does not satisfy the aims and objectives for development of the Residential 2 (B) zoning under Schedule 9 of the Ku-ring-gai Planning Scheme Ordinance (KPSO) 1971. It is clearly stated in this document that the objectives of the zoning are to “…maintain and where appropriate, improve the existing amenity and environmental character of residential zones”.

    The proposal will be completely out of character with surrounding development and will result in adverse impacts on residents of surrounding properties (including degradation of streetscape, lack of visual integration with surrounding properties in the neighbourhood generally, reduced safety to residents ie most notably children and traffic issues). The size and scale of this use, particularly the large basement car park, represents a significant overdevelopment of the site not reflected in the construction of surrounding development generally. A development of this nature in a street such as Manning Road has the potential danger of setting a dangerous precedent for overstated and out of character projects.

    2. Loss of Streetscape

    Manning Road provides an excellent example of the West Killara area’s scenic streetscape and to place a childcare centre in the road and remove significant vegetation will detrimentally alter the character and beauty of this street.

    3. Street width and parking

    The street is too narrow to support the additional onsite traffic and parking that the childcare centre of this size will ultimately generate. Whilst basement parking will be provided within the proposed development the traffic reports provided by the developer suggest the presence of ample onsite parking in the street which will support the centre.
    Manning Road has kerb and guttering to the southern side of the road and earthen formed embankments with drive over vehicular crossings to the north. The northern side gutters have been laid back with bitumen in part and grass towards the southern section of the road. (which is unstable in nature).

    The open gutters and steep embankments (up to 1 metre differential road level) to the northern side of the Road are problematic. Manning Road requires that vehicles be parked away from embankments and open drains to provide unloading space for mothers removing children from car seats and the like. Effective road widths are only between 6.7 and 7.8 metres which is far too narrow when you consider the scenario of cars parked on either side of the road together with buses and trucks navigating in between (Note that Manning Road is a bus route).

    4. Traffic Generation and Pedestrian Safety

    Given the size of the size of the centre and anticipated traffic generation we are concerned that this will have a detrimental impact not only on Manning Road but also surrounding streets. The impact of is further compounded by before and after traffic already generated from nearby Beaumont Road Public School. Pedestrian safety due to increased traffic is a concern around the school and it should be noted that a number of street, in particular Manning Road itself does not have separate pedestrian paths in some cases forcing people to walk on the roads.

    5. Design of the Centre itself.

    The proposal, as it is currently designed, fails to adhere to a number of Council guidelines (namely DCP 57 and 38) as well as KSPO general Child Care Centre design guidelines. DCP 57 – Childcare Centres (3.7. b p7) states: “Where a new child care centre is to be established in a residential street, the applicant must demonstrate that there will be no significant impact to residential amenity or traffic movement”. For the reasons set out already in points 1 – 5 inclusive we fail to see how this proposal can comply with this requirement.

    Non code compliance concerns include the number of permitted adjoining properties (no more than 2 although the subject has 4), designated footpaths for pedestrian safety), and the provision of basement car parking verses onsite parking assumptions (which seem designed to “tick a box” rather than provide a real, feasible, convenient and safe child drop off/ customer parking solution).

    Thank you for taking our concerns into consideration. Whilst we are in support of sensible development, including child care centres, we believe that the proposal put forward in this instance is inappropriate for the area, the safety and amenity of residents, and does not comply with a number of established development codes.

    Given the the area of the proposed development is already in a SEPP5 exclusion zone because the Aged are vulnerable as are Young Children, this development should not have even been considered by KMC, it must be rejected immediately.

  3. In Revesby Heights NSW on “Revesby Heights Rhinos...” at Neptune Park Edinburgh Drive, Revesby Heights 2212:

    J. Warren commented

    I disagree if this application means there will be drinking each weekend while the games are on. If it is just for an odd adult type function then that is a different story.I don't agree with junior sports clubs promoting drinking. I have seen another junior rugby league club (in the Sutherland Shire) set up bar tables outside the clubhouse whilst the games are being played and the men all drink in front of the kids. What sort of message is this sending ? No wonder there is such a drinking problem in the NRL.

  4. In St Peters NSW on “To use the premises at 2...” at 2-4 Lackey Street St Peters NSW 2044:

    Concerned resident commented


    Our studio is in a close proximity to the discussed premisses.
    The new business has been operating from 2-4 Lackey Street St Peters for the last year or so since the old tenant left. The wall that used to separate the 2 businesses has been taken off and the business (Unique Plaster originally occupying 59 Campbell Rd St Peters, bordering the back of the discussed warehouse) expanded into 2-4 Lackey Street St Peters.

    Please note, materials commonly used for plaster casting and molding includes Epoxy, Latex, Release Agents, Resin, Polyester, Polyurethane, Silicone, cement and many more...

    On most days, there is a very strong chemical odour coming out of the business and can be smelled at least a block away. A council representative is welcome to come and inspect it any day of the week.

    Additionally, there is a white could of dust constantly coming out of the premises and a long white trail is lingering on the road outside of the roller door. Again a council representative is welcome to come and inspect it any day of the week - it is very visible.

    Given the amount of white dust and the awful toxic smell, for the safety and well being of the neighboring tenants It would be good if a Dust Collectors is installed as well as a industrial air cleaner.

    Otherwise, we are happy with the application.

  5. In Killara NSW on “Child care Centre” at 5 Manning Road, Killara, NSW:

    Kym Glouftsis commented

    The proposed development is in the SEPP5 exclusion zone.

    There is reference to this area with problems of: access, isolated community & bottlenecks in the original document which proposed the SEPP5 exclusion zone. That document was co-produced by the RFS and KMC.

    The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission report made in July 2010 made 3 recommendations that referred to Child Care Centres. In each of those recommendations the vulnerable groups were identified together as: Aged Care Facilities, Hospitals, Schools and Child Care Centres.

    With the proposed Child Care Centre being in the SEPP5 exclusion zone it should treated as a vulnerable group and be excluded from being developed in this area.

    Additionally water mains pressure for Bushfire protection is poor in this area and will be worse now that Sydney Water recently introduced a pressure reduction programme to "improve service" to more of their customers.

    There are three Community Fire Units in Blaxland Rd which is next to Manning Rd. The CFU's are there because we are in a Bushfire Prone Area.

  6. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Christoff Mans commented

    I am writing to object and oppose the proposed development DA11/1270 at Forum Drive, Heathcote.

    My concern is the Council seem to ignore all safety regulations around the Forum Drive and Heathcote Road junction.
    The Council also seem to show no concern for the residents living near Heathcote Road.

    There are fatal accidents on Heathcote Road nearly every week. Several accidents also occurred near the Forum Drive junction.
    With 900 people gathering in a hall, there will be about 200 cars coming from the West trying to turn right on Heathcote Road into Forum Drive, This will happen at least every Tuesday afternoon near peak hours and will cause cars to form queues that will have to stand in the right turn lane plus the fast (right) lane of Heathcote Road. This queue will form right in the blind spot coming up the hill. When drivers see the queue, it will probably be too late to take evasive action.
    There is not even a stop line painted on the Forum Drive to indicate the position where cars should stop and this already caused several accidents.
    Do the council have no concern about the safety of residents?

    Similar areas near main roads like Heathcote Road are protected by Sound Barrier walls. Only in Sutherland Shire you will find barely any sound barrier walls. Is this because the Sutherland Council just do not care about their residents?

    The questions about evacuation during bushfires and environmental damage seem to be of no concern to the Council either?
    The purchasing of the land and development deals also seem to be shrouded in mystery with no public participation, questionable property prices and notices only put up one day before the expiry date

  7. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Sandra and Ian Reinhard commented

    We too wish to voice our concerns and objections to this proposed development of 44R Forum Drive, Heathcote. From our residence in Beethoven Street, Engadine, where we have lived and paid rates for the past 40 years, we will view directly across the valley to this huge development. I refer to the word "huge" in respect to a residential area on the edge of a national park.

    If a visual impact study was taken from the northerly direction it would show a completely different aspect to that taken from the more easterly direction of Stephens Road. We feel this has not been fairly taken into account.

    In the St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader edition of Tuesday 24th January 2012, we have Heathcote Road called a 'Horror Stretch' with the amount of fatalities that have occurred over the last five years. There is no doubt that a facility to accommodate 900 people will bring more traffic than our local roads can handle.

    You are our Council. Please look at all of our concerns with the obvious implications of a development of this size in Heathcote and indeed the Sutherland Shire.

  8. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    KAY ARMSTRONG commented

    After my previous comment I visited the development site and found the vulnerable bushes melaleuca deanii. The report suggests that the 13 bushes are inside a high fence but my observation is that the majority of the bushes are actually outside the fenced area. I cannot see how these mature bushes would survive being moved to another site and think this should be closely looked at before this step is taken.
    Also the visual impact study forgot to add the residents that live to the north of the site being from Fairview Avenue and Beethoven Street going south towards Heathcote Road. A lot of these properties face straight across the gully and will be looking directly at the building. There were no photos taken from this angle and the two photos taken from Stephens Rd don't give a correct indication from this area.
    There are also mixed reports as to the building hight, will it be above the ridge line or not?

  9. In Newport NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 2 Foamcrest Avenue Newport:

    Rosemary and Andrew Szente commented

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I refer to DA No. N0348/11 No. 2 Foamcrest Avenue, Newport. We are residents who live opposite in Unit 3, No. 26 Seaview Avenue, Newport. We received documentation regarding the DA application in September, 2011 and were given the chance to voice our objections. At that time we did not see the plan of the roof. We have just learned that the owners wish to have a barbeque area on top of the building. A barbeque in the garden area, which is an enclosed area, would be acceptable. The gathering of people on the roof for a barbeque would be noisy and the smells from an open barbeque area wafting across the road would not be acceptable. Our apartments look directly on to the roof area. We expect to look down onto a roof, not a social gathering. We are not too happy about having two swimming pools directly opposite knowing how noisy some people can be around swimming pools.

    We object to having a barbeque area on the roof.

    Will the Norfolk Pine on the corner be cut down? If so, we object to this as well.

    Rosemary and Andrew Szente

  10. In Keiraville NSW on “Residential - use of...” at 3 Cosgrove Avenue, Keiraville NSW 2500:

    Glen Moore commented

    Please advise whether this DA has been approved.

  11. In Marrickville NSW on “Application under Section...” at 80-82 Illawarra Road Marrickville NSW 2204:

    Aaron Ross commented

    Marrickville Council

    I and every other property adjacent to the development through a signed petition, have opposed the placement of north facing balconies and windows in the original DA as they have direct line of sight into my (and other neighbours) primary living areas.

    Dormer windows will have the same impact. I will confirm and expand these comments in a letter to Council.

  12. In Killara NSW on “Child care Centre” at 5 Manning Road, Killara, NSW:

    Kym Glouftsis commented

    This is no way this DA should be approved!

    Given that the proposed DA is in the middle of Bushfire Prone Vegetation there is no direct evacuation route without passing through Bushfire Prone Vegetation.


  13. In Killara NSW on “Child care Centre” at 5 Manning Road, Killara, NSW:

    Philip Bartlett commented

    Re DA0671/11

    For Council to even go to the trouble of letting it go past first base is ludicrous. This DA should be refused.

    1. The infrastructure (including roads, nature-strips, pathways, sewage & water supply & public transport) is not suitable for this development.
    2. There would be loss of amenity & lowering of property values in a precinct that is exclusively residential.

  14. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Michael Hardie commented


    I would like to oppose this development on the basis of a number of concerns.

    1. The threat in an emergency bush fir evacuation. The roads are small, narrow and surrounded by bushland. If a fire comes quickly getting the current residents out is a concern already. Adding extra cars and people would be very dangerous and may result in loss of life.

    2. The traffic and noise of car doors, car noise and extra road traffic at early mornings, evenings and their large events will destroy the peace and quiet that this area enjoys.

    3. The threat to wildlife, flora and forna will be an issue. Have the thorough reports been done that are not biased to the applicant? We see a lot of wildlife in this site and I'd hate to see what happens to them.

    Please could you take seriously the concerns and impact this will have on a friendly, quiet, family oriented community. We bought here for the quiet and bushland atmosphere.

    Thanks so much for your work and consideration.

  15. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Maurice Pignatelli commented

    I have serious reservations about the impacts this development will have on our local community, the amenity of our neighbourhood and bushfire safety. This development is consistent with the objectives of the Sutherland Shire Local Environmental Plan 2006 (SSLEP2006).

    I have experienced the 1994, 1997 and 2000 bushfires in this area and our family was evacuated due to the fires in 2000. The fact that this DA is not supported by a Bushfire Emergency Evacuation Plan is contemptible. Regardless however, no amount of specialist reports can convince us that bushfire risk to life, property and the environment can be managed, to an acceptable level, if a meeting hall of this scale is approved by Council at this location. The scale of the development amplifies the bushfire risk for the residential community, attendees at the meeting hall and all emergency services.

    The scale and nature of this development will also impact on the character of this community which consists predominantly of residential dwellings. The development has been designed explicitly not to integrate into the locality. The development is “exclusive” and surrounded by an institutional style compound totally out of character with the open and inclusive community which currently resides in the area. Serenity will be maintained within the compound by design and exclusion, whilst its attendees will traverse through the community impacting on our amenity with noise and traffic. Council is asking the local residents to forego what they cherish about the area for zero community benefit.

    The Traffic and Parking Implications Assessment supporting this DA cannot be relied upon. The report provides no confidence to the local residents that the current or future traffic and parking implications have been adequately assessed. The traffic assessment is based on regular patronage of the meeting hall of up to 400 attendees whilst the capacity of the hall is 900. It is reasonable to expect that regular patronage will grow over time to potentially 900, which will increase traffic impacts and cause parking problems for this and future generations. If this were to occur, the consequences of traffic and parking congestion would be irreversible.

  16. In Killara NSW on “Child care Centre” at 5 Manning Road, Killara, NSW:

    Sophie Hay commented

    This Application is preposterous.
    The area around Manning Road is clearly residential. The road is small, no lines indicated, no gutters towards the end of the street, and potholes in various locations. The properties on the Road and in surrounding roads, are single house dwellings. Some plots of land have been subdivided. There are no apartments or commercial dwellings in the vicinity.

    The amount of traffic alone, caused by this development would be not sustainable. The roads in this particular area are not built to house so many cars, and as such there are currently no footpaths in the area, and even no gutters in this and neighbouring streets.

    The infrastructure to take so many more cars in the area, currently does not exist. This would also be a danger to the children and people who currently live in the area. There are no footpaths and as such people are required to walk on the road. With the amount of additional cars (equal to what would equate to an apartment block), this would be dangerous.

    The area is situated totally within residential houses. There are no commercial properties in the near vicinity. There is no train station, and the buses are a provision for the local community. The enclave of West Lindfield was not designed to house, such a large development, nor all the traffic that accompanies it.

    There is are numerous Childcare centres in the vicinity including, one that has recently opened on Fiddens Wharf Road. This proposed centre, is out of the way for many, and in an area currently populated with sufficient Childcare facilities. This proposal is for a very large facility, which really should be situated closer to public amenities, commercial properties and public transport.

    In relation to the environmental impact. This development would be huge. There are currently magnificent trees and nature on the property. One can only assume that to house such a large facility with basement carpark, that the majority of these would need to be removed. These trees, speak of history, have not reached their lifespan and enable the properties to remain in line with each other. Not to mention the current brush turkey population, and native fauna that inhabit this area. The development would be catastrophic for the fauna that we see in the area.

    The noise that would be generated from this development would be huge. Regardless of which way the wind is blowing (literally) it would have huge impacts, on immediately surrounding properties, not to mention surrounding streets. People who have lived here for a long time, and even those of us who haven't, moved to the area for the peace, and local community feel. This would destroy all of that, and for those that decide that the noise would be too much and move; they would find that their property price would have dropped substantially. This development would impact, not only directly surrounding properties, not only those on Manning Road, but also those in surrounding streets.
    The noise not only from children, but also from equipment that is needed. The area currently does not have Gas. Electricity is used and does black out quite often. The additional stress this would put on the system would be astronomical. The infrastructure in this area was once again not designed to house, nor support such a development.
    In relation to the above are also the air conditioning units that would be required for the development. Regardless of where they be placed this would seriously be noise pollution for the neighbouring properties.
    The above are but some points as to why the development should not be granted. Simply put the size and number of children for this area, is way too large. The location should not even be considered, considering the area that it is proposed.
    A childcare centre that merely by the increased traffic in the area, places other children in danger.
    This area does not currently have the infrastructure to support such a large and dedicated facility.

  17. In Parramatta NSW on “Alterations to accomadate a...” at 100 George Street Parramatta NSW 2150:

    Lucia Quiroz commented

    Being a working parent is difficult being a single parent with a full time job is even harder. I work on level 2 of 100 George street and the opening of a daycare in my building would be ideal. Parramatta being classed as the 2nd CBD opening this daycare would benefit many employees currently working in parramatta and who are trying to juggle work and home life.

  18. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Greg and Kerri Smith commented

    We have several concerns related to this development application and object to it's implementation.

    The potential impact on the 'valley view' aspect of residents of Engadine, such as ourselves, who overlook the Forum Drive area may be substantial and could impact on property values and our quality of life.

    The development may have a significant effect on traffic flow in narrow urban streets not designed to manage large volumes of traffic during the narrow time frames of the centres meeting times. There currently exists serious traffic risks on Heathcote road and the Princes Highway in the area as exampled by frequent serious accidents on Heathcote road and the imposition of a 50 kilometer an hour limit through Heathcote shopping centre. It is of concern that there does not appear to be any intention to conduct road works to improve local infrastructure to manage this risk.

    The areas surrounding Heathcote National Park are subject to serious fire risk during extended hot, dry periods and due to the frequent, strong prevailing winds in the area. Past fires have resulted in extensive property loss and human tragedy. This development may place visitors and residents at increased risk, particularly in terms of vehicular evacuation with limited exits to main roads leading away from the areas at risk. It is also of concern that access to a fire trail appears to be ceded to the applicants control.

    The environmental impact is of particular concern to us as there are limited amounts of native habitat outside of national parks and it is distressing that such areas continue to be subject to sale and development. While provision has been made to transplant a threatened plant species the development appears to require the destruction and/or fragmentation of the native habitat. This would probably result in increased incursion of introduced plant and birds species into the surrounding habitat, ie. pushing the 'edge effect' further towards or into the national park.

  19. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Sandra Campbell commented

    I have read the statement of Environmental Effects included in the DA11/1270 which included a table of anticipated traffic volume during particular meeting times. Sunday morning one can expect 400 people in 100 cars. That is, 1 car every 9 secs allowing that people arrive within 15 minutes of the starting time and leave within a 15 minute period.That doesn't allow for the queue of cars building up whilst cars are being parked etc.

    I've lived through this when Inaburra Baptist School grew from 300 to 1100 and they built a 650 seat performing arts centre in Billa rd last year. The local streets come to a grinding halt every day with still no submission of a traffic management plan to council.

    Forum Street is not designed for such high traffic use not to mention that it feeds from the hilly and winding Corinth Street at an intersection of limited visibility - a dangerous mix.

    As to the development being a public place of worship - are we all going to be allowed to attend? My understanding is that if you are not a Brethren then you can't get past the security personnel on the gate.

  20. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Kevin R Jacobson commented

    I am extremely concerned that these type of developments can get through. I hope this doesn't for the following reasons.

    1. Bush fire hazard and danger during evacuation for attenders at the 900 seat venue and the local residents all trying to get out at the same time. The roads are too small for this traffic.

    2. The weekly, monthly and annual traffic despite their small numbers mentioned will grow. They are intending to grow. That's fine. That's why they are moving from a 500 seat venue to a 900 seat venue. But this means the attendance and potential for growth is huge with multiple meetings. Our small streets can't handle this. Imagine a street that has parked cars on both sides from residents. Only one car can fit through the middle. How will a hundred plus cars and buses get through here without problems.

    3. The threat to animals, flora and forna in this bush area is of concern. This is well used by residents for bushwalking etc. Don't let this area be destroyed.

    4. How did they aquire the land from a small ad in the paper without anyone else knowing. Why were no large for sale signs placed on site? This is the norm I thought. What's going on with the sales of our land for everyone?


    Write to your councillor and politicians.

  21. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    KAY ARMSTRONG commented

    I have lived in Beethoven Street Engadine for 42 years overlookingwhere the proposed development site in Forum Drive. I cannot work out how this property has been acquired, who sold the land to these people and why should they be allowed to block off a fire trail with locked gates for there own use with access for the fire brigade and no one else when there is a fire, the fire will invariably come again. Also the plan I have seen takes in some of Heathcote National Park, how can this happen?
    What is going to happen to the intersection of Heathcote Road and Forum Drive, I guess there will be a set of lights put in to control the extra traffic and choke Heathcote Road even more creating more accidents.
    I am totally apposed to this development and can't think of any reason why it should be approved.

  22. In Mosman NSW on “Dwelling House – New” at 37 Bond Street, Mosman, NSW:

    Nicholas Whiteley commented

    Hi there - I live in 35 Bond St just next door to this property. There is an ASBESTOS ROOF being removed today with no one having prior informed us of when it starts so that we can make adequate arrangements to ensure that the roofing does not come near our house.

    Furthermore, I have not been shown and agreed upon adequate measures to prevent ASBESTOS DUST from entering our property, especially given that we have a dog (registered with Mosman Council) in our back yard... please contact me asap on 0404 231 233

  23. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Wayne and Janette Greene commented

    We must object to this application for a so called "meeting hall" at the end of Forum Drive, Heathcote. Forum Drive is a dead end road with one access in and the same one out. It is a very fire prone area on the ridge of a steep hill surrounded by bush on the south as well as to the west (where most of our bush fires have come from). With a westerly wind combined with extreme temperatures, Forum Drive is one of the most highest fire prone areas of Heathcote. In the thirty two years that my family has been living at Heathcote we have been through at least four major fires and have been evacuated on three occasions. Heathcote is surrounded by bush in the East, South and West. When we have fires the roads are choked with traffic trying to get to our only two roads out, either the Princes Highway or the Heathcote Road. If we should have what is known as a "Section 4" fire where it is totally out of control impacting on the Forum Drive / Corinth Road parts of Heathcote and this development goes ahead, the end result could be devastating. If this church development goes ahead and is full of people, not to mention those in the surrounding streets, a great many lives could be lost due to only one way out. Should that road become blocked either by smoke or car accident, no one could get out.
    I do not have a problem with any church group wanting a meeting hall but I do object to the very careless and impractical location that is being proposed. We both feel that development application number DA11/1270 should not be approved due to both traffic and fire dangers.

  24. In Berowra Heights NSW on “Mixed - comprising 13...” at 25-29 Turner Road Berowra Heights NSW 2082:

    Leonard Kelton Smith commented

    I wish to oppose this application on the grounds that it is unsuitable for the site and for Berowra Heights.
    1. It is 3klm from station, so it is not suitable for flat or apartment type living.
    2.The councils requirement that commercial premises be included in any development
    of this type is ridiculous as a study of any commercial and retail development in Berowra or Berowra Hts will show that there are vacant premises still there after 40 years in some cases. The same can be found in Hornsby CBD away from the Westfield complex.
    3. If we have to have any development of this site it should be limited to 2 stories in the form of Villas similar to what is in Kita Rd already.
    4. Under no circumstances should this development be approved with any commercial/retail reqirements. They have no future in Berowra Heights and will be an unnecessary cost burden on who is developing this site. The cost of which would end up being past on the purchasers of the residental units, making these even more unaffordable to the average person.

  25. In Newtown NSW on “Demolition of existing...” at 46A O'Connell Street Newtown NSW 2042:

    Con GATZOUNAS & Nick PERDIKARIS commented

    8th Jan 2011

    Att: City of Sydney Council,

    Owners of No.50 & 52 O’Connell st NEWTOWN

    Re: Objection to DA /2011/1772 – proposed Demolition of existing dwelling and outbuildings and construction of two (2) new two (2) bedroom dwellings.

    Dear Jessica Symons,
    We have examined the proposed development at No.46A O’Connell st NEWTOWN and understand as per your controls, objectives and impacts we conclude that we have concerns in the following areas.

    1. Elevations – for further assessment, we would like to see the location / elevation of our dwellings and the relationship with the proposed development shown on the north elevations to compare form , height etc….
    2. What are the heights of the rainwater tanks?
    3. What are the details of the shared boundary fence in-fill. Height, material etc…
    4. What is the proposed wall construction and finishes to the east elevation?
    5. Unsightly mass – The east elevation would propose 6.3m of wall height ion a zero boundary? This would create a feeling of closing in when compared to the current distant views and skyline view we would have a 2 storey wall. This would feel as if we have relocated adjacent to a jail. Simply put this would create a unsightly mass of walls that we would have to look at on a full time basis, this is specifically worse for No52. We object to the two storey walls on a zero boundary given the anticipated negative impacts.
    6. Privacy -
    • The first floor balcony from Unit B is of major concern in relation to privacy impact in to your courtyards. We object to balcony and its negative impact.
    • The first floor mastered & bed-study room from Unit B is of major concern in relation to privacy impact in to your courtyards. We object to this window and its negative impact.

    7. Other Non Compliances – we note that the proposal would seek variations to objectives & controls on according to the various planning instruments. These area area laso of concern to us as they directly impact onto our amenity.
    • Floor Space Ratio,
    • Minimum private open space
    • Building on the boundary adjacent to existing houses
    • Building height
    • Setback controls regarding front boundaries
    • Fence height control to ensure privacy and security of courtyards

    Mr C & Mrs S GATZOUNAS

  26. In Wollongong NSW on “Renovation Of Existing...” at 88 Smith Street, Wollongong NSW 2500:

    Michael Bainbridge commented

    I believe that this development should not be approved , i feel that in doing so would in turn take away the authenticity of the original structure.
    The new and proposed construction would not compliment the original structure and seem to detract from its presence in the streetscape.
    Another potentiel planning issue may be the intersection close by and the change in the current constant flow of traffic, The proposed development may cause heavy congestion due to its proximity to the intersection.

  27. In Heathcote NSW on “Torrens Title Subdivision...” at 44R Forum Drive Heathcote 2233:

    Sharon Burke commented

    I am very concerned about the proposed construction of a Public Place of Worship (meeting hall) and 7 lots at the end of Forum Drive Heathcote.

    Several years ago we were evacuated from our home on Boxing Day night due to a bushfire. Well over 100 households needed to exit via Dalley Road. This resulted in a queue of cars at the end of Forum Drive Upper including ourselves needing to leave due to the fire but unable to turn right into Corinth Road because so many cars were travelling south along Corinth Road (the only exit route available due to the fire).

    If further lots and most particularly a Place of Public Worship are created at the end of Forum Drive this evacuation problem will be much greater and a real danger to our community. I strongly believe that this application DA11/1270 should not be approved on safety grounds.

  28. In Rooty Hill NSW on “Demolish existing dwelling...” at 21 Beatrice Street Rooty Hill 2766, NSW:

    Mick Gounder commented

    I am really Concerned about the way the council has put this proposal hidden from us till todate, it is surprising that the members of the public and the street was not informed about this proposal of 18 units blocks.

    It is a quite residential street, with people living in this street for more than 35 years, in the ir property, know the way things are going it will significantly affect the life style we are used to in this street.

    The street will be very busy one and it will have traffic conjestion in both ways even though each unit has its own parking spot, the street will be full of cars as the occupants will park on the road and in front of properties that are not known.

    In my opinion the council need to send letters as to when the building works start so the public can have its own say to this proposal.

  29. In Camperdown NSW on “Section 96(2) modification...” at 23 Larkin Street Camperdown NSW 2050:

    Alex Vasiliev commented

    Regarding DA Notification: D/2010/772/B, 23 Larkin Street CAMPERDOWN NSW 2050

    Dear Anthea,

    I am a resident and owner of an apartment on 1-3 Larking Street and I have a concern about this development proposal.

    It is planned that the new building will have 6 apartments without allocated car parking space. One of the units without a car space has two bedrooms. All residents are likely to have one or more cars per apartment and they all will be forced to use on street parking. Larkin Street is already problematic to park for our visitors and if this development will be undertaken it will be nearly impossible to find a parking space. There are few other developments happening in a very close proximity which would only make the matter worse. This issue will not only affect residents of this new apartment block but the rest of the local community as well.

    It would be nice if the developer would consider turning the space resulted from reconfiguration into more car spaces and not an apartment.

    Thank you for attending to my concern,
    Alex V

  30. In Camellia NSW on “Section 96(2) application...” at 16 Grand Avenue Camellia NSW 2142:

    Dennis Read commented

    Hymix Management and Hymix consultation with site employees - Any proactive measures by the operator to spread traffic hours to simplfy operations and ease conjestion is greatly needed and appreaciate.
    We thank KLF holdings for their assistance in achieving the road improvements over the last 12 months.
    The objection appears to be a copy of a letter previously submitted to the Council by Hymix about 16 months ago. To keep things in context Hymix consulted with its employees and KLF Holdings and based on peoples views and our review of the situation the objection was withdrawn.

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