Overshadowing, loss of privacy, congestion argued against Woniora Road development | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

* * * * * *   30 October 2015   * * * * * *
Development Application No 191/2015

Description: Construction of a mixed use development comprising two buildings of 18 and 11 stories containing a community space, two commercial tenancies and 384 residential units over a six level basement carpark which incorporates 79 public car spaces.

Lodge your submissions online, you can use the email link at the end of the DA tracking page – unfortunately, this page provides very few documents to view:

Kogarah City Council’s Development Application Tracking: http://www2.kogarah.nsw.gov.au/datrackingui/modules/applicationmaster/default.aspx?page=wrapper&key=009/2015/00000191/001

ARTICLE – October 21, 2015: St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
Overshadowing, loss of privacy, congestion argued against Woniora Road development
By Maria Galinovic

Overshadowing, loss of privacy, congestion argued against Woniora Road development | St George & Sut
Please don’t: residents objecting to the overdevelopment of the old tax office building. Picture: Jane Dyson.

Residents of O’Briens Estate, Hurstville, are ready to fight Kogarah Council over a proposed development on the old Australian Taxation Office site in Woniora Road.

Despite a thunderstorm, about 50 people attended a protest meeting on Tuesday evening.

A development application recently submitted to the council calls for a mixed-use development comprising two buildings of 18 and 11 storeys, containing community space, two commercial tenancies, 384 residential units and a six-level basement car park.

The suggested height exceeds the 39 metres (11 storeys) proposed in Kogarah’s New City Plan, which is still to be finalised.

But if the development was to be approved, the council would get a range of benefits under the Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA), including an 80-space public car park in the development and $4.8million.

Residents’ spokeswoman Ann Selle urged everyone to consider overshadowing, loss of privacy and what a development of this size would do to the already congested roads.

Because of its size, the development would be decided by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) but the council can make recommendations.

Ms Selle said the feeling at the meeting was that demolition of the existing building would be architectural vandalism as it was only 25 years old.

‘‘The possible demolition and construction phases will severely compromise the functionality of the emergency services located within the immediate area,’’ she said.

‘‘In the meeting’s opinion, the existing building could be refurbished to provide a number of services that would generate employment for the area.’’

But if the development went ahead, O’Briens Estate, which is classifield as a ‘‘conservation area’’, would be dominated by 18-storey buildings, destroying residents’ privacy.

‘‘The trade-off (VPA) for our neighbourhood is to be overshadowed by buildings, which will be higher than the two pink buildings on Railway Parade and on the Dominelli Ford site across the railway in Hurstville Council area,’’ she said.

Ms Selle said the increase in population would put massive strain on infrastructure including schools, roads, hospitals, water and sanitation, and the building’s glass verandahs would become ‘‘an eyesore of drying washing or storage areas as seen in other buildings in the area’’.

Submissions to Kogarah Council close on October 30.

Council response

A council spokeswoman said the development application and the VPA had been placed on public exhibition to allow for community comment.

‘‘Issues raised in submissions will be reviewed by the assessing officer and incorporated into the final report for consideration by the JRPP,’’ she said.

She said public benefits contained in the VPA included widening of Greenbank Street to allow for relocation of police vehicles to Greenbank Street and provide opportunity for revised ‘‘Kiss and Ride’’ and taxi-rank arrangements on Ormonde Parade; an 80-space public car park; a community facility; and $4.8million, which could be used for ‘‘enhancement or construction of new community infrastructure at the discretion of council’’

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