Jan 23rd, email to residents

posted 27 Feb 2012, 03:07 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 8 Mar 2012, 13:52 ]
23rd Jan 2012

Dear Fellow Resident

 

The City Council has released the development plan for the Ashmore Estate - the Erskineville area bounded by Ashmore St, Mitchell Road, Coulson Street and the Railway Line. The Friends of Erskineville resident's association (FOE) has a subcommittee which is dealing with this plan. That subcommittee, along with representatives of the Alexandria Residents Action Group, has met with council planning officers to ascertain the extent of this plan.

 

In summary, the plans provides for:

    Over 40 apartment buildings and terraces to be erected over a 20 year period, though FOE understands at least one developer is keen to commence work as early as April 2012

    The buildings based on averages will contain approximately 3200 or more new apartments

    There is only provision in the plan for approximately 1950 parking spaces - far too few when in fact one for each dwelling should be provided

    It is estimated that the development will add more than 6000 people to the Erskineville population. The 2006 census indicated 6000 people currently resident in Erskineville and hence this plan would double the population

    There is no provision in  the plan for additional public infrastructure in the form of buses, trains etc. Present public transport is already insufficient for residents needs, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to squeeze on to public transport in peak hours - let alone the traffic problems that already exist on major arteries such as Mitchell Road and Erskineville Road

    The plan provides for buildings between 2 and 9 floors in height - not restricted to the 2006 plan of a maximum 4 levels. What happened to the 2006 plan? What will be done to prevent the inevitable shadowing on existing residential buildings and even on the proposed buildings after 3 pm each day? Heights in storeys (Council officers’ recommended heights) 

    Where does the State government planning department sit in this? The State government under the previous administration insisted on a greatly increased height for buildings - up to 20 floors or more. Whilst the city council has offered the plan under discussion, the State government has not indicated if it will accept the plan and still has the power to override the council in spite of popular belief about such powers being removed by the Premier

    FOE have noted that council has acknowledged contamination of the site.  Readers will note the Goodman proposal for increased density to compensate for the cost they will have to bear to clean up the site, and to provide a return to investors in the Goodman Trust. Not much consideration for existing residents in that statement. If Goodman want to develop the site, then Goodman must bear the cost of cleanup without trying to pass it on to residents by way of increased density”.

Submissions close on 29 February, 2012 at 6 pm.

 

FOE also plans a public meeting on this matter and as soon as a date and venue has been finalised we will advise you.

 

THIS PLAN AFFECTS ALL OF ERSKINEVILLE SO DO NOT BE COMPLACENT BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN A DIFFERENT PART OF THE SUBURB - IT IS YOUR TRAINS, BUSES AND TRAFFIC FOR THE WHOLE SUBURB THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE AFFECTED.

 

I urge you to lodge a submission with your views TODAY, and thank you for your consideration of this issue

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mike Hatton OAM

President
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