MERITON CALLS OFF LAWSUIT AGAINST NSW GUVMNT OVER TOWERS

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR JEROME LAXALE …

‘It’s almost been 10 months (!!) since City of Ryde supported my refusal recommendation on this Meriton monstrosity.

The Berejiklian State Government still haven’t formally refused it.

Get on with it.’

“People in Ryde are sick of state government-enabled overdevelopment in Ryde – our demands are simple – abolish priority precincts, exempt us from the Medium Density Housing Code and listen to our community,” council said.

Meriton calls off lawsuit against NSW government over towers

Su-Lin Tan

Su-Lin Tan Reporter Aug 18, 2019

Apartment developer Meriton’s Karimbla Constructions Services has withdrawn its legal action against NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts and the Greater Sydney Commission over a stalled high-rise apartment project in Sydney’s Macquarie Park.

On Friday, Karimbla, a Meriton group company, withdrew its lawsuit which originally included NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian as one of the defendants.

The potential view of the Macquarie Park 63-storey proposal by Meriton. Ryde Council

Meriton was planning to build a 42-storey apartment block at 12 Talavera Road but that stalled after the NSW government put a moratorium on over-development pending a review by the state’s planner Greater Sydney Commission late last year. 

It was a second blow to Meriton which had already been knocked back on an initial 63-storey tower at the site by the City of Ryde council.

Following council’s plea to the NSW government to support its recommendation to refuse the project altogether – there were more than 400 public submissions opposing the development – Ryde Liberal MP and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello raised concerns with Ms Berejiklian before a moratorium was put in place.

In March, Karimbla filed legal proceedings against Ms Berejiklian, Mr Roberts, the GSC and the Department of Planning secretary Carolyn McNally in the NSW land and environment court in an effort to force an approval for the project.

Mr Dominello has welcomed the withdrawal of the lawsuit.

“A number of my opponents believed the Greater Sydney Commission’s review into local planning laws was a publicity stunt, but this decision proves the naysayers wrong. This is a big win for our community,” he told The Australian Financial Review.

The withdrawal follows an earlier court decision in June to allow the removal of Ms Berejiklian from the lawsuit. At the time, the court set down last Friday for a mediation between the parties and if that failed, a two-day hearing would follow.

The mediation didn’t take place following the withdrawal of the lawsuit.

*Macquarie Park has been the subject of many high rise apartment developments over the past few years since it was identified for urban renewal and given its access to two Sydney metro train stations.

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CAAN Photo: Prime by JQZ a PRECINCT of 4 towers and 1 block within the Macquarie Park Precinct!

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CAAN Photo: Park One 80 Waterloo Road by ICON

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CAAN Photo: Natura by RomeCiti Waterloo Road next to the Icon development Park One and to a reserve; a deep excavation is underway

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CAAN Photo: April 2019 Herring Road Precinct Macquarie Park. Much of Herring Road has been redeveloped for high-rise. Development is now underway on the opposite side of Herring Road to match this!

High-rise development extends into Peachtree Road, Epping Road, Talavera Road, Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park … to Lachlan’s Line Macquarie Park, North Ryde Station Precinct, throughout North Ryde, Top Ryde, Gladesville and the Godzillas of Meadowbank!

*In its refusal to support Meriton’s Talavera Road development, City of Ryde said there wasn’t sufficient infrastructure (particularly surrounding traffic and congestion) to support rising overdevelopment in Macquarie Park.

*“People in Ryde are sick of state government-enabled overdevelopment in Ryde – our demands are simple – abolish priority precincts, exempt us from the Medium Density Housing Code and listen to our community,” council said.


SOURCE: https://www.afr.com/property/residential/meriton-calls-off-lawsuit-against-nsw-government-over-towers-20190816-p52ht5?fbclid=IwAR3uWsiXEkhnH6IOvgfyJ9Q1U0DgidXYbktlYKI9EehV1WKSItprC4gm2D0

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