Ryde Council place ‘inappropriate development’ reforms for consultation

Years of over-development have many north western Sydney residents asking for council intervention. Now Ryde Council is asking residents what they think of their latest planning reforms.

John Besley, Northern District Times

September 13, 2019

Reforms out for public consultation may put the brakes on the over-development and destruction of heritage homes in Ryde. Picture: Toby Zerna
Reforms out for public consultation may put the brakes on the over-development and destruction of heritage homes in Ryde. Picture: Toby Zerna

Ryde Council has officially commenced community consultation on a series of planning reforms aimed at protecting local items and areas of heritage significance from inappropriate development.

The proposed reforms follow a comprehensive heritage review commissioned by the council which found that more needed to be done to protect the heritage and character of the area.

Forty-four new heritage items will be established in Ryde under the reforms, including 30 properties, seven public parks and one public school.

Six new heritage conservation areas will also be created. These include Wharf Rd, Gladesville,

Lunds Estate, Eastwood and Darvall Estate, Denistone.

Halvorsen's Neutral Bay boat shed 1935 Picture: Supplied
Halvorsen’s Neutral Bay boat shed 1935 Picture: Supplied

Meanwhile the former Squire’s Brewery and Halvorsen’s Boat Yard in Putney and the Glades Bay Baths in Gladesville will also be listed as archaeological sites.

Heritage items are provided with protections guarding them from inappropriate development as new works are required to be sympathetic to the character and style of the item or conservation area.

Historical photos of Halvorsen's boat shed and James Squire brewery.
Historical photos of Halvorsen’s boat shed and James Squire brewery.

Ryde council will be conducting six drop-in sessions as part of the community consultation with the first of these taking place 6pm Thursday, September 19 at Gladesville Library.

The consultation period will run until Friday, October 25.

Ryde mayor Jerome Laxale encouraged all local residents to have their say on the proposed reforms.

Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale.
Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale.

“Heritage items, whether they are homes, shops, schools, parks or even entire streets, enrich our city and contribute to the community’s sense of place,” Mr Laxale said.

“We know through our engagement with the community that heritage is of vital importance to the majority of residentsmany of whom have expressed concerns about the recent increase in development proposals that involved the demolition of buildings with heritage value.

“Conversely, there have also been concerns raised that property owners have no certainty under current planning controls. The proposed planning reforms address these concerns and that is why it is so important that everyone takes part in the consultation that has just commenced.”

For more information, visit ryde.nsw.gov.au

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