URBAN TASKFORCE … a Lobby Group representing Deve-lopers DEMANDS MORE HIGH-RISE!

SMH Photo: MEADOWBANK, RYDE LGA … it never stops! What could have been a beautiful riverside location with good public transport … has become shambolic … Meadowbank, a classic example of those with excessive footprints … and far too many of them!

For years, the development industry has been allowed to run rampant across Sydney. It now must be muzzled by the government.

Why should taxpayers have to foot the bill for defective builds? NSW Government needs to move now to recoup the costs from this industry!

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CAAN Photo: Godzillas in the Suburbs; ‘Ryde Garden’, RYDE LGA; 30 storeys has a massive impact on the North Ryde village and beyond … View: https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2019/07/28/godzillas-in-the-suburbs/

CAAN shares with you a visual tour of a couple of streets in Meadowbank to illustrate the dumpy apartment blocks with excessive footprints!

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Meadowbank Godzillas! Row upon Row …

Urban Taskforce demands more high-rise slums

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Property

July 30, 2019 | 14 comments

Amid the proliferation of faulty and flammable high-rise apartments across Sydney, it is hard to fathom that the slum lords at the Urban Taskforce want even more:

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CAAN Photo: Townhomes atop the apartments? Meadowbank has become a huge residential/warehouse precinct with excessive footprints!

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CAAN Photo: View up Nancarrow Street Meadowbank; one of the latest areas to be redeveloped

Suburbs across Sydney are scarred with “big, fat, dumb” apartment buildings that provide poor living spaces for residents, according to two of the city’s leading architects.

Philip Thalis, who is also a City of Sydney councillor, accused developers of pursuing profits by cramming apartments into buildings with excessive footprints.

“What worries me is these overblown buildings, these Godzillas in the suburbs, are a really bad model,” he said.

Chris Johnson, the chief executive of the Urban Taskforce, a group representing the development industry, said councils and restrictive planning rules were to blame for “dumpy buildings”

Mr Johnson said limiting the number of apartments on each floor would drive up property prices: “We need to consider affordability in the number of apartments per floor”…

“Councils need to be more flexible with height to encourage slimmer towers,” he said…

However, Professor Knapp said tall building can “breed” anonymity: “Once people live too far from the ground, they become detached from the pedestrian realm and the sense of community and connection one has with their neighbourhood.”

For years developer lobbyists like the Urban Taskforce have argued to cut red tape in order to build bigger, higher and faster. Deregulation, they claim, will help solve Sydney’s chronic housing affordability woes.

But the proof is in the pudding, with rubbish apartment blocks spreading like weeds across Sydney, many requiring rectification, and owners and taxpayers left to pick up the tab.

The definition of insanity is to double down and repeat the same mistakes over and over again while expecting a different result.

For years, the development industry has been allowed to run rampant across Sydney. It now must be muzzled by the government.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/07/urban-taskforce-demands-high-rise-slums/

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