THIS explains why the Gosford Public School was sold off in 2014 … located slightly to the south of the centre of Gosford.
DESPITE the alert from Martin North and others …
THAT as a consequence of the Pandemic … particularly with the masses of poorly constructed high-rise on the urban fringes, and further in as well with prices falling up to 30 to 40%, and with too much stock all looking the same, and on the market at the same time.
WHY is this happening now in Gosford despite a lot of concern that the development is too large for the area … but they obviously know more about the future than we do …
IT all points to big plans from those with power and influence for Gosford. They will ensure they prevail, this sort of money won’t be deterred.
ALSO the site at the corner of Mann Street and Donnison Street … though a smaller development, again it is mixed use – they all are these days
WHEN the demolition was taking place we spoke to a chap who suggested, like recent developments in Parramatta, it was ‘ME’ money and more than likely marketed to Chinese buyers
NO DOUBT its appeal is because it is …
.urban .high rise that can be populated by cohort .close to public and private schools .close to selective school .close to shops; a must .close to train .close to hospitals .close to club
In the leadup …
2020 VISION FOR TWIN TOWERS’ about a development in GOSFORD CBD said to be ‘State Significant’ builds …
–$400M Archibald development of 2 towers including 300 apartments, hotel of 167 suites, 25 floors plus retail, bars and restaurants.
It wasoriginally in 2015 the work of Peter Zhu but new owners of the Archibald are keeping their identities secret, why?
The Central Coast Quarter development application has been lodged for a hotel/entertainment destination at the southern end of Mann St … was this what the sell-off of the Gosford Public School was all about?
Plus another developer down the road is proposing 3 buildings between 8 and 24 floors to include much the same …
AND the Lederer Group is planning a development near Kibble Park, Gosford of 5 buildings 20 to 30 storeys … OMG!
The beautiful harbourside setting of Gosford to disappear for ‘Vibrancy and the emerging population’ … from??
NSW Planning proposes no barrier to who lives in Exclusive Sydney Enclaves
COUGH … cough … choke ….
How credible is this coming from NSW INC Planning?
FOR almost a decade now we have been subjected to Developers controlling the Federal Liberal Coalition, and rewriting policies of the ‘divide’. With the 100% overseas sell-off of ‘new homes’, and enhanced foreign competition for Australian housing esp from the UHNW and HNW from China …
Together with the shelving of the second tranche of the Anti-money laundering laws for the Real Estate Gatekeepers for more than a decade … followed by an exemption for them in October 2018 by the Morrison Government
Even though the Real Estate Tour Migration is now negligible that money launderingexemption remains …
Does NSW INC believe we will swallow this ‘new benevolence’? With the spinmeistersturning and twistingto make it read like this state government cares for its poorer constituents having forced them out of public housing … made many public servants redundant … and bulldozed communities for high-rise, toll roads, tunnels and stacks … ?
IS this the ‘Developers’ SIXTH TRANCHE?
Has this piece been put together now that they have read the reports from ACOSS, and others … have the Mob yet another spin on ‘social/public housing’ and affordable housing to fast-track ‘Build-to-Rent, Co-housing, Boarding Houses’ cheap, higher density housing all across Sydney … esp. for young Australians locked out to become life-long tenants?
Looks like the next chapter in overdevelopment will be supported by the disgruntled ‘Investor Class’ having lost out to Covid-19 are seeking to make a motza with investment in Build to Rent, Co-housing and boarding houses. It appears it matters not to them that money launderers own so much of this Nation’s real estate; that a whole Cohort of Australians have been locked out of home ownership … are these Australians there for the uptake to ensure their investor lifestyle?
It matters not to them that the money launderers may have property back home in high-rise precincts … that they can come to Australia to buy homes here increasing CO2 emissions
Will this mean the mob can come in and bulldoze our low-rise suburban streets for developments housing 28 people or more where there were 4 or 5?
P.S. … NSW INC subsidises developers to sell ‘boarding houses’ after a mere 18 months as flat developments …
P.P.S. Scattered across Sydney we still have workers cottages alongside mansions from Watson’s Bay to Riverstone … it’s not new … we had it all!
… there are more people wanting this style of accommodation.’ Said that with the vested interest …
WHAT this really means is that AUSTRALIANS, as we know, have been priced out of HOME OWNERSHIP …
… by both the investment and property sectors … and money launderers …. and in order to live close enough to where they work it is proposed that AUSTRALIANS have to board, or become life-long tenants in Build-to-Rent schemes … that are not so affordable …
HOW IS THAT ON?
Residents in low rise residential areas on the Northern Beaches have formed a GROUP to fight back.
WHY not do the same in your area to stop this before it starts? To forever change where you live ….
IMPORTANT! This is what the Group writes has happened:
‘ … due to current SEPP loopholes. Northern Beaches Council overwhelmingly voted for change on 27/2/18. They want affordable housing but they want to have a plan and the infrastructure in place to support any changes. ….
We are against Council’s Planning processes being by-passed.
We ARE against State Government Laws and Policy being exploited by opportunistic developers under the guise of affordable housing as “boarding house” applications.
OUR MISSION Our goal is to prevent Developers building what they term “boarding houses” under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (AHSEPP).
These developments are not affordable and they are not traditional “boarding houses”. They are micro-apartments rented out at $450-500 a week for a term of 3 months. ‘
They are sold in 10 years for $500k each. They are built in quiet residential streets on R2 residential low density zoned blocks (that’s your next-door). They are 29 square feet. They can be built anywhere within 400 meters of a bus-stop on the Northern Beaches.
Parking is insufficient at 1 spot to 5 apartments. They don’t have enough green space. They don’t meet community needs and destroy quiet family streets.
Again they are NOT affordable.
OUR URGENT FOCUS To work with our Community, Council and the State Government to have the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (AHSEPP) revised.
This is to ensure Developers don’t circumvent Council designated planning and process through appeal in the Land and Environment Court. … ‘
AND … view this article: ‘No more Monster Boarding Houses in R2 low density zones’
HOW convenient has the Pandemic been, it seems, for NSW INC and some councils with restrictions on gatherings to eliminate the right of people to protest so many poor planning decisions with overdevelopment … that are clearly contrary to their interests.
Could some Councils be stacked with rels of MPs … real estate agents, developers, conveyancers, lawyers and accountants?
We have already learnt of Four Tranches of Shovel-ready development projects fast-tracked during this Pandemic …
The system appears to have been streamlined … online for Development Applications
We had a chat recently with someone who has undergone this experience, and this is what they told us!
Councillors conduct video meetings with local residents objecting to DAs. However the community is restricted to the number who can participate, and only for a few minutes each! Squashed!
Whoda thaut that the devils would seek planning approval … to sit on them for a more lucrative project, or sell the land with the Development Application attached to make more?
AND with the online system eliminating the rights of residents to object to plans … it has also meant that councillors are less likely to view the sites … they don’t have to get out of their chair …
-online local residents can speak but may be muffled!
However, the City of Sydney ensures that all objections and planning submissions are made available to the members of the local planning panel ahead of the meetings. Following which both applicants and objectors can then speak to the panel through an online video meeting.
How likely, is it, that this happens across all Councils?
And, of course, Councils having discarded the paperwork DA approvals have been accelerated! Again another benefit for developers …
To top it off the developers domain, the Land and Environment Court also operates online. This can mean that the planning panel members may each be in their homes … three or four of them along with an architect, and the council officer perhaps a planner also working online from their homes.
Could such a meeting be manipulated if a member started talking over the top of the others?
APRIL 2020 it was revealed that $70 million would be spent on housing infrastructure in Sydney’s north-west and NSW Planning proposed to fast-track significant developments, rezonings and development applications to boost the economy.
More than 76 projects were proposed for fast-tracking … MANY of which had been met with prior community objection.
Bilbergia, Holdmark and Walker Corporation feature in the listing. Along with Meriton at Little Bay
JULY 2020 within the NSW Planning Department a new unit has formed, the Planning Delivery Unit (PDU) to escalate projects by simplifying planning
This is following the recent announcements of Tranche 2, Tranche 3 and the parachuting of the Deputy Executive Director of the developer lobby, the Property Council of Australia (PCA) in NSW, Mr William Power whoseresponsibility involves fast-tracking the decision making of major projects; some of which were proposed by members of the PCA!!
WHO do you believe, apart from developers and NSW INC could be behind the recent Shovel-ready projects, and the introduction of the Medium-Density Housing Code? …
The Sydney Business Chamber … no less!
The Chamber has been buoyed by the NSW Planning reforms stemming from the Pandemic however, it seems, they propose to accelerate the process to change Sydney’s planning and land use to their liking!
We understood that Red Tape had already been cut .. but the Chamber proposes further cuts to Red Tape and:
-to reduce assessment and development timelines
-to enable better use of public space
-to allow businesses to operate outside ‘normal’ hours
The Chamber proposes … what we believe we have heard before … for ‘a more flexible, performance based, planning system focused on the key outcomes like urban design, amenity and public benefit.’
Despite the high population growth through not only immigration but visa manipulation resulting in a huge demographic change, and loss of Australian heritage, and culture the Chamber alleges that the planning system and land use remains rooted in the past.
How can this be so when our suburbs have been rezoned for higher density of high-rise precincts, and now the Medium-Density Housing Code has been introduced as of 1 July 2020?
Further, the Chamber alleges that the difficulties with the NSW Planning system arise from:
–‘inputs’ – zoning, height limits, floor space ratios etc
-less on the outputs.
Further, that it does not assure well designed new development.
It appears to have overlooked the intervention of the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Taskforce, the Real Estate Institute … to name but a few! The Chamber proposes realignment of land use and development controls from a Red Tape focus on inputs to an outcomes-based system to drive good development with better land use … storey upon storey … there’s a motza to be made …
They refer to the Sydney CBD as an example of having more flexible zoning controls, allowing for taller developments and higher density
Does this mean the Chamber having had a ta$te of the immense growth from the development boom when government and local council revenues flourished that they want more Precincts and CBD-style development?
To revive this they propose a broad-based land tax, and increased council rates having been capped for more than 50 years.
It appears that once again Sydneysiders are to be hit for the cost of more local infrastructure it is alleged due to the CoronaVirus with more working locally …
We thought that those still employed were in fact working from home …
And with the call for the extension of JobKeeper and JobSeeker where does the Chamber figure Sydney households will have the means to meet council rate increases?
AUSTRALIAN HOUSING has been marketed strongly to foreign buyers! It is only due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic that there has been any letup!
THIS SELL-OUT has come about due to lobbying from developer lobby groups including the Property Council of Australia and in NSW the UrbanTaskforce to enable this sector to sell 100% of new homes to foreign buyers through the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) ruling of 2008/09
-before entering politics Scott Morrison wrote the policy for the PCA!
Following some 12 years or so with the second Tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws being shelved, theMorrison Government in October 2018 exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from these laws!
That is Real Estate Agents, Lawyers, Accountants, and Conveyancers …
so that ‘Black Money‘ is awash in Australia’s Real Estate Market!
Making way for fugly development like these that have robbed established communities of their rights, and amenity … the loss of Sydney’s urban bushlands, and what they paid for!
WESTCONNEX TENTACLES …
CAAN Photo: Westconnex tunnelling its way across Sydney … this is Rozelle
The destruction of homes, businesses, parks, social infrastructure and people’s lives by the Westconnex Toll Road Network with its toxic tunnels, stacks and tolls now owned by Transurban
‘Sydney’s growing toll road network world’s most extensive and expensive, experts say’
WINDSOR … the RMS … and the destruction of Heritage!
VIEW CAWB and HERITAGE ACT Facebook Pages for photos that reveal the destruction of Our Nation’s Colonial and Aboriginal Heritage! With much loss of amenity for the local community … the industrialisation of a beautiful Heritage Town, Windsor!
AND MUCH MORE! like CAAN Facebook … Search our Website to find out more … and then tell others!
This LNP Government have taught us that we should pay attention to the details in their crafted statements!
Remember they said that Parramatta deserved a ‘museum’ because it is the geographical centre of Sydney.
-with the largest growing population
Recently this government changed tack … that Parramatta deserved a ‘cultural’ venue.
Regardless of the heinous proposal for the loss of Our Parramatta Heritage through the demolition of ‘Willow Grove’ and the ‘St George Terraces’ for a ‘Yet to be proven cultural venue’
WHY isn’t the Berejiklian Government operating to ensure Public-focused priorities?
Back to the “win” for Ultimo, just carefully consider the following:
“…the Australian newspaper says:
‘Despite years of defending the project as worthy of public spending, Ms Berejiklian will announce on Saturday that the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences will remain at its current site in inner-city Ultimo while a new “state of the art facility will be planned for western Sydney.”
“… WHILE …”
Folks, Ultimo is NOT SAVED. It’s a stay of execution.
Sorry, but this CABAL won’t give up!
This has been a game of chess.
Watch out for their moves in Lands and Planning.
WILL they be breaking up the Ultimo site so that they can sell it off BIT BY BIT?
This will happen AS the “cultural” venue is being built!
We CANNOT STOP fighting until we see the ink dry on the page!!!
From the “Consultation” held last Thursday night by The Project Team
PHONE: 1800 679 121
The question WAS asked about the possibility of changes to the design in order to save Willow Grove and St George’s Terraces.
Infrastructure NSW responded and stated that there was some flexibility in the design in the lower floors of open space but NOT in the design in order to save our Heritage buildings.
CULTURAL SPACE IS NOT THE SAME AS HERITAGE SPACE!!!
Listen to his EVASIVE responses
He used the word “right now”!
Community Activists DID NOT FACTOR IN the LNP Government backdown!
The Discovery Centre will be open to the Public but NOT as a museum.
Powerhouse Museum CEO Lisa Havilah has said that the main role will be for staging and coordinating exhibitions.
Politicians are elected to make decisions – irrespective of ADVICE from the PUBLIC SERVICE
After watching their press conference, perhaps this announcement is being made to distract the Public from wondering why Don Harwin is back ?
How can the $1000.00 fine be withdrawn? ... What would you call that?