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High rise developments opposed in the suburbs

Posted 25 July 2011 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Philip Sansom today however expressed his opposition to the conditions imposed by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoPI) that could potentially result in more high rise developments in the local suburbs.

“I don’t want to see the draft Hurstville LEP 2011 create more opportunities for developers to take over our suburbs with multi-storey dwellings that take away from the character of the Hurstville local government area,” he said.

“Developments of up to 12 metres, or three storeys, don’t belong in low density residential areas, especially in neighbourhoods where local infrastructure is nearing its capacity.”

Mayor Sansom said Council has a long-term plan in place to meet the housing target outlined in the draft South Subregional Strategy which does not impact on the suburbs.

“Council can adequately meet the target of an additional 4100 dwellings by 2031 through new dwellings earmarked in the draft Hurstville Local Environmental Plan (Hurstville City Centre) 2010,” he said.

“These dwellings will be built in the CBD, close to shops, transport and other amenities.

Mayor Sansom said Council has worked hard to develop planning controls that allow for growth in Hurstville CBD.

“Council has been seeking approval from DoPI to publicly exhibit the draft Hurstville Local Environmental Plan (Hurstville City Centre) 2010 since October last year,” he said.

“I cannot understand what the hold up is – it has been nine months.

“Common sense needs to prevail - high density housing has no place in our local suburbs.

“By keeping high rise dwellings centralised in the CBD it will be a win for local business and the community.”

Mayor Sansom said another proposed change recommended by DoPI includes the automatic rezoning of land from existing ‘special use’ zones to a zone consistent with surrounding land.

“DoPI has not only failed to give any due consideration to the long-term impact on the local area but has potentially opened the door for the future sale of public land to be developed without community consultation,” he said.

“Additionally, under the proposed conditions it will bring greater medium density housing to suburbs thus detracting from the streetscape and character and creating greater traffic congestion within the Hurstville local government area.”

Deputy Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Con Hindi said he is also concerned about the long-term impact of building additional dwellings in established residential areas where low density housing already exists.

“Council has accommodated for growth in Hurstville CBD – so let’s leave our suburbs alone,” he said.

“Local residents need assurance that a multi-storey unit development won’t be built next door to their dwelling in the near future.

“Council needs to continue to safeguard the amenity of residential suburbs for the long-term future of our great city.


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