NSW Department of Planning ;Environment rejects Hurstville City Councils submission to rezone Peakhurst
The NSW Department of Planning & Environment has rejected Hurstville City Council’s submission to rezone land at Peakhurst from medium density to low density.
The affected area is bounded by Forest Road, Bonds Road, Trafalgar Street, Gover Street, Lawrence Street, Peakhurst Park and Jacques Avenue.
Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Con Hindi expressed his disappointment at the decision which was determined earlier this month.
“For more than two years, Council actively lobbied on behalf of the community to oppose the upzoning which was originally imposed by the Department itself,” he said.
“Council unanimously fought long and hard to have the decision overturned however the Department has maintained its stance.”
Mayor Hindi said local residents were against the construction of three storey unit blocks as they would have a detrimental effect on their quiet suburban area.
“Their concerns included increased street congestion with regard to parking and thoroughfare of traffic, altered streetscape, and additional pressure on existing infrastructure which is already overburdened,” he said.
“Despite Council’s best efforts to confine additional development to the Hurstville CBD only, and protect the suburbs, the Department has overruled our recommendation.”
Mayor Hindi said Council’s hand has been forced and that the zoning changes will now remain in place.
“It is now time for Council to accept the Department’s decision and give certainty to local residents,” he said.
“Council will actively plan for the future and try and minimise the impact of these changes on local residents by investigating traffic issues in the area and ensuring that the current public amenity is maintained and improved upon.”
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