Feb 16th, FOE addresses letter to residents

posted 27 Feb 2012, 04:28 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 8 Mar 2012, 13:51 ]
16 February, 2012

Dear Fellow Resident

Draft Amendment to South Sydney DCP 1997 – Ashmore Estate

Friends of Erskineville (FOE) have noted the letter dated 15 February, 2012 from Mr. Andrew Thomas, Manager City Plan at the City of Sydney Council. This letter was mailed and also hand delivered (that is duplicated in some cases) on 16 February, 2012.

On behalf of FOE I comment on the letter as follows:

•    No such letter was ever distributed prior to the original submission closure dates of January 21 and February 13 – dates that were in place prior to FOE gaining extension for submissions to February 29, 2012. This letter has only been issued following FOE’s publication of the calling of a public meeting
•    The comments in the letter on transport and traffic are noted. However the letter fails to disclose that at this time there is no plan for increased public transport infrastructure – buses and trains. As all residents already know, public transport infrastructure is already overloaded and strained without the proposed development commencing
•    The density of the development is much higher than was originally proposed under the South Sydney Council plan of 1997
•    The tallest point on the Motto building is the point at the top of the communication tower, and NOT the top residential floor of the building. Motto is only 7 stories of residential accommodation
•    Macdonald Street is to be widened “to reduce” overlooking and overshadowing. There should be NO overlooking and overshadowing at all.
•    The letter from Mr. Thomas discloses the plan for the Ashmore development is a draft plan. The letter fails to disclose that this plan does not conform to a previous State Government Planning (SGP) request for taller buildings and has not yet been accepted by SGP. SGP still has control over this development and can override the proposed council plan
•    The doubling of open space is a doubling of a draft plan that was a reduction from the original 16,400 square metres. The letter seems to imply that the widening of MacDonald Street would be included in this “doubling”. FOE does not consider that streetscape is the same type of open space as parks.

In Summary:

The proposed development and this draft plan are by no means certain as far as what has been provided to residents for comment and submission. The State Government still has final authority over the site and we understand is being lobbied by developers to increase building heights above the proposed nine storeys indicated in this letter from Mr. Thomas.

ATTEND THE MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 AT 7.30 PM IN THE ERSKINEVILLE TOWN HALL AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON THIS DEVELOPMENT.

Yours sincerely


Mike Hatton OAM
President
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