IS NSW INC deaf to Rozelle Residents Plea for a little respite from WestCONnex?

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CAAN Photo: Callan Street Rozelle on a Saturday afternoon.

Matt Bungard a Journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald reports in ‘Respond to the new reality: Rozelle residents plead for WestCONnex reprieve’ from the noise pollution created by the construction of the Rozelle interchange for WestCONnex

WITH so many now working from home due to the CoronaVirus how come there is no letup for this?

IT’s clearly not of any benefit for Rozelle … but for shareholders … and is it to serve the wants of future foreigners acquiring more Australian housing and permanent residency … ?

‘Residents held a meeting on Wednesday afternoon on video conferencing service Zoom, chaired by state MP Jamie Parker.

Balmain MP Jamie Parker and residents discuss WestConnex issues in Rozelle via a meeting on Zoom.
Balmain MP Jamie Parker and residents discuss WestConnex issues in Rozelle via a meeting on Zoom.

The member for Balmain said that residents weren’t under the illusion that roadworks could stop completely, but were hopeful that, with most people working from home at the moment, there would be more periods of respite.

“Residents recognise that there will always be some noise, but the impact day and night with people in their homes is just driving people to breaking point,” he said.

Mr Parker said that, in the short-term, there needed to be an end to night works, as well as proper noise and air quality monitoring, and advance notice of particularly loud and disruptive processes such as jackhammering.

WestConnex workers busy on Callan Street in Rozelle. 
WestConnex workers busy on Callan Street in Rozelle. CREDIT:ROSLYN DUNLOP

“It’s intolerable for people to endure this – it only takes some flexibility from WestConnex,” he said.

“They need to respond to the new reality. People are at home, with their kids, 24/7. You can’t have them exposed to dust and noise all day and night.”

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COMMUNITY RIGHTS appear now to be a thing of the past … with the people having to get out of the way of property and infrastructure developers … there is no letup from trucks, concrete pours … early in the morning …

And in Rozelle there is no break due to the nearby works on Victoria Road.

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The locals are unable to leave their windows open because the dust permeates. Despite it being a COVID-19 lockdown recommendation to leave the windows open at night when sleeping … this Rozelle community cannot!

The people are locked in as the Transurban project advances around them.

The NSW Government through its Spin Doctors dresses up this Transurban project as ‘an essential service because it employs lots of people’. Who are these 3500 people? How many are citizens, or are the majority of them Visa workers working across the Rozelle Interchange, the M4-M5 Link and the new M5 sites?

MEANWHILE many Australians in a vast range of occupations have lost everything! And question what is special about Westconnex?

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Further ‘newspeak’ from Transport for NSW …

Transport for NSW and our teams are following strict hygiene and appropriate social distancing measures as we deliver the major infrastructure to keep motorists, including freight, moving across our state now and into the future,” the spokesperson said.

“Unfortunately our work will be disruptive for some local residents now working from home.

“We understand these impacts and will continue working on potential solutions to help mitigate the effects.”

One solution already in the works is the ordering of noise-cancelling headphones for residents who are directly impacted by noise for a long period of time.

The Rozelle interchange is the most technically complex part of the 33-kilometre project because it will comprise three levels of tunnels and scores of entrances and exits.‘ NIICE!

READ MORE!

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/respond-to-the-new-reality-rozelle-residents-plead-for-westconnex-reprieve-20200401-p54g4f.html

HIGH RISE HARRY and The Evolution of ‘The Greater Sydney Commission’ … the GSC

Community Action Alliance for NSW· July 11, 2016 

HIGH RISE HARRY AND THE EVOLUTION OF “THE GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION” … THE GSC … Please share because this is now what we are being told!

A little history leading up to the Evolution of the GSC Chaired by Lucy Turnbull … this dates back to 27 June 2013 in the AFR.

In a letter to the Editor of the AFR the writer responded to Mr Harry Triguboff , Mr Meriton “Make NSW planning fast and simple”.

…… Mr Triguboff wants to transfer all power over to Town Planners, along with private certifiers.

The avenue he is urging for this streamlined approach is ‘code assessable development’ (now known as ‘code compliant development’ ) through which community consultation is bypassed, and there is no assessment of the impact of the developments on your amenity, the environment, local character and heritage.

“Developers want all the boxes ticked to prevent investigation of the potential impacts of their developments. …… .” Read more!

Lucy Turnbull appointed to head up The Greater Sydney Commission

http://architectureau.com/articles/lucy-turnbull-appointed-chief-of-new-greater-sydney-commission/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-03/lucy-turnbull-appointed-to-head-up-greater-sydney-commission/6998596

Mr Triguboff is not only No. 1 on the 2016 BRW Top 200 Rich List but many believe he is No. 1 in NSW … does he pull all the strings? Afterall he has “Friends in High Places” …

Lucy Turnbull labels Chatswood CBD Model to creating High-Rise across Sydney

Refer to: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/lucy-turnbull-labels-chatswood-cbd-model-to-creating-highrise-across-sydney/news-story/c2ffeb6ec4c458afc31e02b2de34c928

THE newly appointed chairwoman of the Greater Sydney Commission — Lucy Turnbull — has hailed Chatswood as the ideal model for high density urban growth.

Mrs Turnbull made the comments to the ‘North Shore Times’ before attending the launch of Meriton’s $700 million mixed-use Centrium apartments in Chatswood on December 3.

Meriton Group launched its Chatswood Towers

http://www.meriton.com.au/cn/en/meriton-group-launched-its-chatswood-towers/

2016 The Planners take over the Sydney of the Future

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/planners-take-over-the-sydney-of-the-future-20160122-gmbub5.html

Here in this post CAAN ties it altogether in “Every picture tells a story!”

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DEVELOPERs COURT Rules Against Northern Beaches Council and Community for $5M Frenchs Forest Boarding House

An article has appeared in ‘The Manly Daily’, ‘Developer wins battle against Northern Beaches Council for $5M Frenchs Forest Boarding House’ https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/manly-daily/developer-wins-battle-against-northern-beaches-council-for-5m-frenchs-forest-boarding-house/news-story/0f26043254beaf46e46df21063836d12

SO we talk about what we know, and what’s in it for the Property Sector …

A proposal for a $5M boarding house labelled as a “new generation boarding house” … that looks like a commercial building has been approved after a long legal battle with Northern Beaches Council.

The Land and Environment Court is perhaps known as ‘the developers court’ for good reason … because despite more than 100 submissions the developer has been granted approval by this court.

‘The project called ‘The Beehive’ looks to promote “affordable housing in a desirable location” and has been designed as “key worker housing” for Northern Beaches Hospital — with it just 600m from the health facility at 10 Naree Rd.

It would include the demolition of existing structures on the site, trees and the construction of a three-storey, 27-bedroom complex with parking for 11 cars, five motorcycles and five bicycles.

The plans incorporate accessible rooms, accommodation for an on-site manager and each room comes with its own bathroom and kitchen facilities with an additional communal kitchen, living room and private open space. It would accommodate a maximum of 50 people.

The original proposal was for 39 rooms with 16 parking spaces.

SO the local residents objected because this proposal would rob them of what they have paid for! The amenity of a low-rise low-density bushland suburb, and in an area already subjected to inadequate parking. Why would they accept a bulky boarding house in their midst? That is not in character with the area to adversely impact neighbours on all sides!

How did we get here? How come the best on offer for ‘Key Workers’ are boarding houses? AND an afterthought following the opening of the Northern Beaches Hospital …

Not a home of their own … how come? With the only option to find a home 60 – 80 Kms from the CBD/ their workplace or a boarding house near where they work?

IS this because NSW INC policies have been written by the ‘deve-loper Family’ … The Mob? So they market their dwellings 100% overseas, and ‘hot money’ is awash in Australian real estate?

HOW come our beautiful middle ring bushland suburbs are being bulldozed?

WHO instigated this? Was it HT … the Concrete Kings … their lobby groups ?

View: https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/02/16/22956/

The benevolent developer applicant in this matter, Michael Williamson, made a public submission:

“Unlike other hospitals, Frenchs Forest hospital has very limited accommodation and public transport options in proximity to the hospital,”

“The proposed development will provide much-needed affordable rental housing in close proximity to the hospital and will therefore help reduce traffic in the area as well as reliance on cars and public transport as hospital and shopping centre staff will be able to walk to work.

FURTHER … THE SPIN …

‘The proposed development also fits in well with the local character and has been carefully designed to respect the privacy and amenity of the adjoining properties.”

DESPITE its size of three-storeys, a bulky 27-bedroom complex with parking for 11 cars, five motorcycles and five bicycles … that compliments the local character of bungalows and two-storey cottages … yeah …

Then he reckons it is compliant … namely because of the Sting of ‘Exempt and Complying Development’ that has done away with the D.A. And in the public interest with ‘Key Workers’ housed in boarding houses that cost them $400 to $450 per week in rent … locking them out of the Housing Market!

Prior to this … a boarding house site approval at 26 Frenchs Forest Rd East, Frenchs Forest …

AND another boarding house on the market has been built and is leasing out rooms at 130 Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest.

Boarding house development at 130 Frenchs Forest Road West, Frenchs Forest. Picture: Google Streetview
Boarding house development at 130 Frenchs Forest Road West, Frenchs Forest. Picture: Google Streetview

HOW convenient for developers when there is no hotel in the Northern Beaches Hospital area to capture relatives of hospital patients, doctors working long shifts, and aspiring Australian First Home Buyers living in studio accommodation.

YET their ‘Key Worker Parents’ were able to save a deposit for a mortgage … hm … is that now the ‘trickle down effect’?

PLEASE SHARE TO LET OTHERS KNOW … a ‘Boarding House’ maybe coming for where they live …

SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE TO FIND MORE ABOUT

-the FIRB Ruling allowing developers to sell new homes 100% overseas

-visa manipulation …

-the Morrison Government exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from Anti-money Laundering Laws in October 2018

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Go-Ahead for Terraces and Manor Houses … so-called Medium Density

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CAAN Photo …

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CAAN Photo: say this goes up nextdoor to a Heritage cottage … or a mid-century home?

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CAAN Photo: And this one on the other side?

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CAAN Photo: only a few years old; staining on concrete; built forward of its neighbours.

CAAN has already spotted concrete cancer among some new large rendered homes! Including a balcony falling apart!

CONCRETE emits CO2 … Search CAAN Website for the report from Jago Dodson.

The carbon devil in the detail on urban density

To Developers Delight!

CAAN has a look at this report today in the SMH: ‘Go Ahead Given for Medium-Density Homes

‘There will be no further delays to the introduction of a code that will make it easier for landowners and developers to build terraces and other medium-density homes, NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes says.’

The Medium-Density Housing Code came into force two years ago but due to widespread community condemnation, and the support from 45 councils deferral was gained until July this year.

Unless the Medium-Density Code has been amended it allowed for as many as 10 terraces on a 600M2 lot!

Meanwhile the property sector High-Rise Developers continue to beaver away for more approvals … and now this! Originally the Spin was that higher density would be addressed by High-Rise Precincts near railway stations … but. of course, they always want more!

-two dozen councils have not completed planning proposals

Adam Searle, Labor Planning Spokesman said this shows a ‘complete disregard’ for communities and councils

-and has called on the minister to continue the deferred implementation of this policy

Planning Minister Rob Stokes is pushing for medium-density housing to meet growing demand for homes.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes is pushing for medium-density housing to meet growing demand for homes. CREDIT:ANTHONY JOHNSON

HAS the NSW Government thoroughly investigated the likelihood of ‘unintended consequences’ for low-density residential zoned suburbs?

Apart from the injustice of developers having been granted ‘Exempt and Complying Development’ which eliminates the community rights of established residents …

Already across Sydney residents have experienced as many as 8 or more demolitions and redevelopments in their street with excavations, concrete pours as late as 8.00 p.m.; tradie trucks parking out their street and neighbouring streets; roads and footpaths dug up, new piping installed … smelly latrines on the edge of the footpath etc, etc …and this goes on for 12 months or more …

And an empty ‘fugly fortress’ 12 months later … and continuing

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CAAN Photo: a duplex; looks like a block of flats

Along with loss of amenity from the new dwelling(s) built forward of the setback, close to the fence and the ‘new home’ looking into the neighbour’s living room …

And consequences from excavations, water run-off, inadequate stormwater and sewers, creating expense for the established residents …

Developers also outbid First Home Buyers

WILL the Berejiklian Government demand the Morrison Government put a stop to the FIRB Ruling allowing developers to sell 100% of ‘new homes’ to overseas buyers? … Obviously this is why despite so much ‘overdevelopment’ a whole Cohort of Australians remain locked out of ‘Home Ownership’!

HOW can the Medium-Density Housing Code deliver a greater diversity of housing supply for Australians both First Home Buyers and Retirees?

-when competing with money-laundering foreign buyers

Read more about the Real Estate Gatekeepers made exempt from AML Laws in October 2018!

Real estate wins another reprieve from money laundering laws

HOW can one have confidence with all the Planning Law changes … and the evidence to date of oversized fugly fortresses … that sympathetic development will ensue?

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CAAN Photo unsympathetic development in low-rise area north-western Sydney

READ MORE from ‘Go Ahead given for Medium-Density Homes’

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/go-ahead-given-for-medium-density-homes-20200315-p549p5.html

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CAAN Photo: Townhouse development where there was a cottage and a market garden.

CAAN Analysis: 63-storey Meriton towers set to go up despite doubling existing zoning laws if passed

What is in it for the benefit of the wider Ryde community?

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CAAN Analysis: 63-storey Meriton towers set to go up despite doubling existing zoning laws if passed

‘The controversial 63-storey mega Meriton towers in Sydney’s northwest would more than double the current height restrictions of 27 storeys if new rezoning laws are to be passed.’

Residential apartments in the first-stage Meriton towers development at 112 Talavera Rd, Macquarie Park.
Residential apartments in the first-stage Meriton towers development at 112 Talavera Rd, Macquarie Park.

First-stage approval for controversial towers

Ryde Council rejects Meriton towers development proposal

‘The controversial 63-storey mega Meriton towers in Sydney’s northwest would more than double the current height restrictions of 27 storeys if new rezoning laws are to be passed.

And it has led some councillors concerned that it could set a precedent for future developments.’

CAAN: Will this give the green light to not only Meriton but Jean Nassif’s Toplace, Ralan Group, Mirvac, China’s Country Garden now known as Risland, Greenland and Aqualand? And other developers?

The controversial 63-storey mega Meriton towers in Sydney’s northwest would more than double the current height restrictions of 27 storeys if new rezoning laws are to be passed. (AAP IMAGE / Troy Snook)
The controversial 63-storey mega Meriton towers in Sydney’s northwest would more than double the current height restrictions of 27 storeys if new rezoning laws are to be passed. (AAP IMAGE / Troy Snook)

Currently the maximum height for new towers is 27 storeys but prior to the Liberal Coalition planning law changes the height limit was 10 storeys

Both the Ryde MP Dominello and Mayor Laxale opposed it in the lead-up to the March 2019 NSW Election yet Meriton pursued it through the L & E Court.

Why was it not stopped by the Berejiklian Government before this?

Will High-Rise Harry stop at one 63 storey tower or will he want more for Talavera Road?

The conclusion of the moratorium, a two-year state government freeze on new rezoning residential applications in Ryde was lifted on 28 February opening the way for high-rise projects in West Ryde and Gladesville to be considered for approval.

The Meriton towers proposal area in Macquarie Park, shaded in red.
The Meriton towers proposal area in Macquarie Park, shaded in red.

Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale said he was now calling on Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes to step in and not allow the rezoning to go ahead.

“I am pleading on behalf of the community to the minister to refuse this planning proposal to refuse as we (Council) recommended in December 2018,” he said.

Cr Laxale said the “safest” and “best way” was not to change the zoning laws for the site.

Ryde state Liberal MP Victor Dominello said whether or not the zoning is changed he believes council should talk to Meriton to renegotiate an amended proposal.

The controversial 63-storey mega Meriton towers in Sydney’s northwest would more than double the current height restrictions of 27 storeys if new rezoning laws are to be passed. Pictured: the original plan
The controversial 63-storey mega Meriton towers in Sydney’s northwest would more than double the current height restrictions of 27 storeys if new rezoning laws are to be passed. Pictured: the original plan
Meriton's revised Macquarie Park proposal which included three 42-storey towers, down from the original plan of 63 storeys at 112 Talavera Road. Yet if the change in zoning is passed, Meriton will be able to lodge a DA with 63-storey towers
Meriton’s revised Macquarie Park proposal which included three 42-storey towers, down from the original plan of 63 storeys at 112 Talavera Road. Yet if the change in zoning is passed, Meriton will be able to lodge a DA with 63-storey towers

CAAN: Has the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) taken into consideration the impact of the rapidly changing demographics of Ryde as the CCP expand beyond their Chatswood through the Hong Kong MTR owned Metro throughout Sydney?

Why does it seem that the NSW Government is fulfilling the Xi Jinping Communist Party dream of its OBOR through this Trojan Horse?

FIND out more here from ‘A Geopolitical Strategist on the MK Hong Kong the US and Australia’

Forward to about 9.5 minutes in, and David Lee hones in on CHATSWOOD!

-15% of the entire GDP of Australia comes from Sydney to Chatswood

-Chatswood has been built by the Chinese Communist Party; built ostensibly with China’s money

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2019/09/01/a-geopolitical-strategist-on-the-mk-hong-kong-the-u-s-and-australia/?fbclid=IwAR10lD12mz0OZPkHTJtR2qjV-9XsPZPg5c8M86-348dp5zLJy9aZZWoOdXQ

High immigration and visa manipulation has been largely to the benefit of the Chinese community as established Australian residents and commercial property have been displaced by this redevelopment process with new ‘Permanent Residents’ congregating throughout Macquarie Park. And largely gaining places at Macquarie University …

Harry Triguboff was reported in the Australian Financial Review when there was going to be a problem with house prices:

“I’ll simply bring in more migrants.” To increase the competition and hike up prices, of course!

Harry’s Meriton markets its residential apartment precincts to China, and this would seem to explain why!

“China has more than 1 billion people, and they love Australia. I think they love Australia as much as we love Australia. So there will always be enough of them that will buy.”

https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/i-ll-buy-cheaper-australia-s-property-king-is-exploiting-the-slump-20190215-p50xyl.html

AND …

“The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.”

https://www.afr.com/property/sydney-apartment-market-suffering-poststamp-duty-hangover-harry-triguboff-says-20170711-gx8or7

DESPITE the negative ramifications for Our Society and the environment because high-rise residential developments use more power for lighting, heating, air-conditioning, to pump water up the towers, and to operate the lifts.

It doesn’t stop there with building materials of concrete, steel and glass emit CO2 not only in the manufacturing process, but in ongoing use … is it any wonder that China is the biggest emitter of CO2 with its urbanisation for 1.4 Billion people?

ITs Time to Call Out CHINAs BS

-all the infrastructure and buildings at a massive cost to the environment in China and across the globe (CO2 emissions)

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/02/29/its-time-to-call-out-chinas-bs/

Read more: ‘2011 The Carbon Devil in the Detail on Urban Density’

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2019/05/21/2011-the-carbon-devil-in-the-detail-on-urban-density/

HOW can this be justified for Sydney and New South Wales?

‘The department confirmed it has been in consultation with Ryde Council and it is understood the amended local environment plan (LEP) is to be gazetted in coming days.

“The Department has consulted with Ryde City Council on the terms of the proposed new LEP, which is required under planning laws,” a DPIE spokesman told The Northern District Times.

The spokesman confirmed the department was the main authority on this LEP and had been delegated by Minister Stokes.

Local MP Victor Dominello wants to renegotiate a deal with Meriton. Picture: Monique Harmer
Local MP Victor Dominello wants to renegotiate a deal with Meriton. Picture: Monique Harmer
Cr Jerome Laxale said the “safest” and “best way” was not to change the zoning laws for the site. Picture: Julian Andrews
Cr Jerome Laxale said the “safest” and “best way” was not to change the zoning laws for the site. Picture: Julian Andrews

Council first discussed Meriton’s offer to enter a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) in relation to a planning proposal back in November 2017.’

-the recommendation moved by Crs Maggio and Moujalli that council submit a planning proposal to Gateway; which received a unanimous vote

-December 2017 council requested amendments to Ryde’s LEP which included increasing maximum building heights from 45m and 60m to 18.5m, 135m and 200m.

City of Ryde letter to Department of Planning and Environment requesting amend maximum height of buildings on 112 Talavera Road dated December 2017
City of Ryde letter to Department of Planning and Environment requesting amend maximum height of buildings on 112 Talavera Road dated December 2017

If the new zoning laws go through, Meriton will legally be allowed to build towers as high as 63 storeys which was part of their first development proposal in 2017, even though they revised their proposal with the tallest building being 42 storeys high.

That move followed community backlash after the Times first revealed the council’s deal with Meriton in April 2018.

In December 2018, Ryde Council backflipped and publicly came out recommending refusal of the amended Meriton proposal, yet it had already gone through the Gateway process which found it was fine to proceed.

When asked whether Cr Laxale thought the proposed Meriton Towers was initially a good idea, he claimed he couldn’t have made that decision back in 2017.

“I had to get feedback from the community,” he told The Northern District Times.

“Meriton lodged a planning proposal. It’s not unlawful. You can’t not allow someone to lodge documents.”

Residential apartments in the first-stage Meriton towers development at 112 Talavera Rd, Macquarie Park.
Residential apartments in the first-stage Meriton towers development at 112 Talavera Rd, Macquarie Park.

In a statement, Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said: “Even if the land at Talavera Rd is rezoned, any subsequent development applications for the site will be a matter for council to consider.

“Council is now back in the driver’s seat and I urge them to act in the best interests of the Ryde community.” ‘

Ryde Liberal Cr Jordan Lane said he questioned why Meriton:

-could have a “special rezoning” and could this set a precedent for future developers if the laws were to be passed

-a special rezoning for this site is not right

-why are exceptions made for Meriton

One must question the alleged ‘$35M in community benefits’ including the nearby Christie Park first negotiated in the VPA … afterall with Macquarie Park largely populated by ‘new permanent residents’ how can this be of benefit to families beyond Macquarie Park?

-it is for the benefit of the new ‘permanent residents’ and their families in Macquarie Park

How can OVERDEVELOPMENT be described as the ‘right kind of development in the right place’?

Not only does the Ryde Community lose out with loss of amenity, schools, buses, trains, parks all full-up … and more blackouts … but apparently the City of Ryde is now to get nothing! With the NSW Government gaining another $12.5M in Value Captureas HT pockets even more

‘Meriton has not responded to multiple requests for comment.’

VIEW the full report ’63 Storey Meriton Towers set to go up despite Doubling Existing Zoning Laws If Passed’

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/northern-district-times/63storey-meriton-towers-set-to-go-up-despite-doubling-existing-zoning-laws-if-passed/news-story/ec39545fc1135e6e668ec7737c620119

Urban planner infill dystopia bakes us under concrete

A girl uses a shovel to help plant a tree in a suburban street. A number of other people are helping too.

PHOTO: Residents help to plant trees in their Hobsons Bay street as part of Dr Gallagher’s “Cool Streets” program. (Supplied: Gallagher Studio

KEY POINTS …

bulldozing middle-ring suburbs for apartments and townhouses to house many millions of extra migrants

.leaving millions of dwellings behind from whence they came

Urban Taskforce projects only one quarter of dwellings will be detached houses in 2057; down from 55% currently

-Australian cities becoming concrete jungles as trees and canopy disappear contributing to an urban ‘heat island’ effect

eroding all markers of liveability the urban infill utopia causing increased heat-related deaths

THE CONSEQUENCE HIGH CO2 EMISSIONS … CHINA HAS THE HIGHEST EMISSIONS WITH ITS HIGH-RISE URBANISATION

Urban planner infill dystopia bakes us under concrete

Leith van Onselen

By Leith van Onselen in Australian PropertyImmigration

For years, the development industry and urban planners have called for Australia’s supposedly underutilised middle-ring suburbs to be bulldozed for apartments and townhouses in order to house the many millions of extra migrants projected to inundate our cities over coming decades:

This transformation into a dense urban form is to be most stark in Sydney, where the Urban Taskforce projects that only one quarter of dwellings will be detached houses in 2057, down significantly from 55% currently:

This transformation will obviously also see reduced access to green space, according to Infrastructure Australia’s modelling, as Melbourne’s and Sydney’s populations balloon to a projected 7.3 million and 7.4 million people by 2046 (see last row below):

An issue conveniently ignored by these planning geniuses is that in addition to eroding all markers of liveability (see above), their urban infill utopia will also make our cities hotter, causing increased heat-related deaths.

With canopy coverage declining across almost every city, researchers have begun sounding the alarm:

Trees in pots lined up in rows outside ready to be planted.

PHOTO: The types of trees planted in cities will matter even more as temperatures rise. (Supplied: Which Plant Where)

Australian cities are increasingly becoming concrete jungles as trees and canopy coverage disappear, according to experts who warn this is contributing to an urban “heat island” effect

It has estimated this can create on-ground temperatures as high as 55 degrees in the sun.

Compounding the issue, a 2017 report by the group, titled Where Should All The Trees Go, found canopy coverage in urban areas had declined in almost every state and territory…

Dr Tony Matthews – a senior lecturer in urban and environmental planning at Griffith University – has been at the forefront, explicitly warning that infill development is driving the heat-island problem:

Brisbane's older suburbs are more likely to have green spaces and leafy tree cover, cooling streets and homes.

Brisbane’s older suburbs are more likely to have green spaces and leafy tree cover, cooling streets and homes.CREDIT:AAP

“Heat stress actually causes more deaths in Australia than all of the other natural disasters combined”…

Middle-ring suburbs were more likely to be the leafy, cool retreats created by postwar architecture and planting

“The real problem comes when we try and increase densities, which we have done in a suburban context through a quality called urban consolidation,” he said.

“And that has been taken up through most of the capital cities, all of the capital cities, in fact.

“It’s squeezing more floorspace out of less land, so that’s why we’re seeing so many apartments, so many townhouses, we’re also seeing a reduction in block sizes from maybe 700 metres or 650 metres to 400 metres.”

Squeezing more properties onto land means there is less room for parks, trees, or anything other than constructed buildings, he said.

The result is dense, urban fringe suburbs with little greenery and houses with no gardens, parks reduced in size as competition for tenancy grows…

“What I feel we have done with these suburbs is we have locked them into a pattern of heat stress, limited outdoor activity, limited use of the public realm, and all of the problems that come with that because they’re not green enough and in some cases they don’t have the potential to be any greener,” Dr Matthews said.

Earier this week, Matthews was among a group of experts that appeared on ABC Radio National to sound the alarm:

A line of houses on a hot day, there are no trees on the street and little greenery in the front yards.

PHOTO: Western Sydney is one of the areas experts say has been hit hard by the “heat island” effect. (ABC RN: Nick Wiggins)

Looking down a shady tree-lined street, some of the trees providing a canopy above the road.

PHOTO: Shade-providing trees, like these in Newtown, can make a big difference to temperatures. (ABC RN: Nick Wiggins)

Urban and environmental planner Tony Matthews says between 2008 and 2017, Australia’s major metropolitan areas cumulatively lost 2.6 per cent of their vegetation — which adds up to an area larger than Brisbane.

Fewer trees — combined with more hard surfaces like roads, pavements, and rooftops — can create an urban “heat island” effect“Cities become artificially hotter” …

Dr Mellick Lopes, an expert in design, says rapid development and population growth in Western Sydney has seen trees lost from suburbs, including many lower socio-economic areas…

The infill utopia of jamming millions more people into the existing urban footprint will necessarily chew-up green space as backyards, trees and open space are removed to make way for additional dwellings. And this will necessarily exacerbate the ‘heat island’ effect afflicting our cities, in turn raising energy use (think air conditioners).

Clearly, maintaining green infrastructure in our major cities is not consistent with the projected explosion of their populations via mass immigration, along with planning rules that force increased population density.

The first best solution to this problem is to slash immigration back toward the historical average, thereby slowing the destruction of green space:

Stop treating symptoms and address the problem at its source.

Leith Van OnselenLeith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/03/urban-planner-infill-dystopia-bakes-us-under-concrete/

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CAAN Photo: A case in point with concrete rendered duplex allowing for little yard; nextdoor a post-war cottage with shrubs and trees in a garden

Meriton’s Macquarie Park development close to approval

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CAAN Photo: ‘DESTINATION’ Talavera Road, Macquarie Park; Tree Protection Zone; 5 January 2020

OH, what a surprise … this could not have been predicted …

AND what a Charade … it has been …

BECAUSE money laundering means more to fill the coffers of the Stamp Duty Surplus …

and what is in it for them?

For more cracking … energy and water intensive slums

Harry gets what Harry wants … always … a big political donor to the Party

IT is already well underway … “Destination” … for more as they hop off the plane and stay at Harry’s serviced apartments down the road in Talavera Road to finalise the sale

AND this is HT’s reasoning …

The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.

“China has more than 1 billion people, and they love Australia. I think they love Australia as much as we love Australia. So there will always be enough of them that will buy.”

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CAAN Photo: 5 January 2020 ‘Destination’ Talavera Road Macquarie Park

MEANWHILE what has happened to the Inquiry into defective residential apartment development … ? Isn’t the cessation of the Moratorium jumping the gun?

WHAT about a Clerk-of-Works on the job?

WHAT about extending the ‘warranty period’?

ALL one hears now is the propaganda from ‘Your Domain’ … … the softening up … about a cosmopolitan lifestyle … the cafe society …. no more lawn mowing and gardening …

The chat continues with the talk of the need for developers in Sydney to build 3 bedroom plus apartments …

BUT we will flesh out what the developer promotion really means …

… It’s close to the cocooning shocking centre for germs and viruses (as with the ‘Diamond Princess’ recently) …. a visit to the nearby park for a breather with thousands of others

The Strata levy, the lift levy, the pool levy, the hefty fees for the Body Corporate Sinking Fund … in the hope it’s adequate before the inevitable happens …

Then the issues that arise as the development fills up … the AirBnb nextdoor with boozy parties all night … the water leaks down the wall and the carpet is sodden … the basement carpark floods … as people move in they find the bedrooms are not as spacious as depicted on ‘The Plan’ … and that wall wasn’t there … the appointments are not so flash … then the cracks appear …

WHAT happened to the Community Invitation to ‘Have Your Say”? The Ryde Community do not want even more higher density … they did not ask for Rezoning where they livenor were they consulted about the 100% sell-off overseas, and NOR who to!

WHY should RYDE be lumbered with the Manor House too?

Meriton’s Macquarie Park development close to approval

‘Billionaire property developer Harry Triguboff’s giant development which dragged Premier Gladys Berejiklian into court and fuelled a bitter political debate about overdevelopment is one step closer to being approved.’

Ben Pike, Urban Affairs Reporter, The Sunday Telegraph

March 1, 2020

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‘It’s the high-rise so controversial it dragged Premier Gladys Berejiklian into court and fuelled a bitter political debate about overdevelopment.

Now billionaire property developer Harry Triguboff’s plans for four mega towers in Sydney’s north west is one step closer to approval.

The Meriton development for 1270 units in Macquarie Park, the tallest of which is 42 storeys, will be given the tick in the coming days.’

Meriton founder Harry Triguboff.
Meriton founder Harry Triguboff.
Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian.
Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian.

The Berejiklian Government lifted its year-long moratorium on major planning proposals before Ryde Council on 28 February … paving the way for HT …

It was alleged by HT the moratorium was costing Meriton $50,000 per day.

Planning Minister Stokes said the moratorium was a response to community concerns about the gap between housing supply and infrastructure delivery …

BUT Governments know they can never build enough infrastructure to keep pace with mass immigration

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DOES it seem that developers have too much say when they continue to claim that the planning process takes too long …?

Meriton's proposed project at Macquarie Park.
Meriton’s proposed project at Macquarie Park.

‘The site rezoning will go to council for technical sign-off then Meriton would then need to submit a DA which then goes to a local planning panel for approval.’

How the 27-storey Meriton tower will look in Talavera Rd.
How the 27-storey Meriton tower will look in Talavera Rd.

construction of a 27-storey tower is already underway

-construction on remainder of the development is at least another year away

-the site is wedged between the M2, Macquarie Centre and the Macquarie University train station

-the tallest of the four towers will reach about 150m high.

Despite the decision, Ryde Liberal MP Victor Dominello said “I will continue fighting against this development”.

“It was a terrible decision by council to support this in the first place and it remains a terrible decision to this day,” Mr Dominello said.

Ryde councillors unanimously supported the initial proposal in 2017 before opposing it a year later.

Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale said “the approval is a betrayal of the planning process”.

“Our community don’t want this, our council doesn’t want this, but under Ms Berejiklian and Mr Dominello, Meriton will once again get their way,” Mr Laxale said.

CAAN: Whose idea was it to market 100% of ‘new homes’ overseas particularly in China? Whose idea was it to rezone Sydney suburbs for higher density? Why was the second tranche of the Anti-money laundering laws shelved for more than 13 years …. ? And how come the Real Estate Gatekeepers are exempt from the AML Laws now since October 2018?

Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale.
Ryde Labor Mayor Jerome Laxale.
Ryde Liberal MP Victor Dominello.
Ryde Liberal MP Victor Dominello.

A Meriton spokesman said they are “happy with the positive outcome and look forward to getting on with the project”.

The conclusion of the moratorium means three other major projects in West Ryde and Gladesville will now be considered for approval.

SOURCE: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/meritons-macquarie-park-development-approved/news-story/b52d57599a795f77260aa1dbf5aa1d03

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NSW Government spares wealthy east from migrant deluge

NSW Government spares wealthy east from migrant deluge

Planning Minister Stokes lives in the Northern Beaches … and of course the good northern beaches folk like their patrician in Mosman, Woollahra and Hunters Hill would have lobbied to ensure their numbers were cut … to add more to where we live …

LOBBY SYDNEY! That’s what the so-called Elites do! We have the numbers …

What was put to Stokes?

PROTEST SYDNEY!

NSW Government spares wealthy east from migrant deluge

By Leith van Onselen in Immigration

February 26, 2020 | 12 comments

The NSW Planning, Industry and Environment department has upgraded its housing targets, which have lumped more development on Sydney’s migrant-stuffed west while reducing the development load on the wealthy east and northern beaches:

DESPITE this …

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Planning Minister Rob Stokes said development was taking place at different rates in response to planning, infrastructure and market activity

Areas earmarked for the most development over the next five years include Blacktown (18,700 new dwellings), Parramatta (17,800), City of Sydney (13,650), Cumberland (12,650), Liverpool (12,750), the Hills (12,700), Camden (10,900) and Bayside (10,000)…

The forecasts show 10 times as many homes are expected to be built at Blacktown over the next five years than the northern beaches.

The 1950 new dwellings predicted for the northern beaches represent a 26 per cent fall on the government’s target for the area in 2017.

In contrast, Liverpool in the south-west is forecast to have 12,750 dwellings built over the next five years, a 72 per cent rise on that predicted two years ago.

Western Sydney was already projected to receive the lion’s share future immigration-driven population growth – i.e. an additional 1.2 million people over the next 20 years, according to the Greater Sydney Commission:

Future Sydney residents are also projected to be squeezed into high-rise dog box apartments, according to projections from the Urban Development Institute of Australia:

Back in July 2019, the head of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), Lucy Turnbull, outlined an “exciting” future for Western Sydney, which involves being crush-loaded with another 1.2 million people:

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GSC’s chief commissioner Lucy Turnbull… said places such as Parramatta and Bankstown represented the “future of Sydney and Australia” with a youthful and diverse population making them “exciting” corners of the wider city…. “1.2 million people in western Sydney in the next 20 years is a reasonable forecast”…

And this proclamation by Lucy Turnbull came despite data showing that Western Sydney is already suffering from severe disadvantage:

Western Sydney can seem a world away from the wealthier, eastern side of the city… “As much as we are strong advocates of western Sydney, we need to be realistic that too many times we are on the wrong side of that line.

In terms of per capita lower incomes, below average NAPLAN results and school attendance, higher unemployment and higher rates of preventable disease and hospital admissions” [Christopher Brown, Chairman of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, said].

“Western Sydney is the diabetes capital of the country,” he said. “There are also higher rates of domestic violence which is the shameful secret of western Sydney”.

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue chairman Christopher Brown has said the city’s west has far to go to become equitable with the rest of Sydney. Picture: Adam Taylor

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue chairman Christopher Brown has said the city’s west has far to go to become equitable with the rest of Sydney. Picture: Adam TaylorSource:News Corp Australia

The wealthy elites living in the city’s east pull the government’s strings.

*As shown in the chart above, Lucy Turnbull’s wealthy enclave of Woollahra has the lowest projected population growth in Sydney, followed by Mosman. (Percentage increase 2011 – 2036)

So basically, the GSC is running a form of economic apartheid where Western Sydney shoulders the lion’s share of immigration and population growth to provide cheap foreign labour and inflated demand to the wealthy barons in the East.

This model enables the Elites in the East to profit from the rentier services of over-priced ghetto apartments and postage stamp houses, inflated land banks, as well as higher volumes of mortgages and retail sales, while not having to share in the downsides of congestion and eroded amenity.

The best way to stop the mass immigration scam is to force the likes of Lucy Turnbull living in Woollahra and Mosman to be swamped by ugly high-rise developments, alongside the associated congestion.

Sadly, the NSW Government has instead lightened their load.

Leith Van Onselen

Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.

Parramatta, in the foreground, is attempting to re-centre Sydney away from the current CBD, behind.

Parramatta, in the foreground, is attempting to re-centre Sydney away from the current CBD, behind.Source:News Corp Australia

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/02/nsw-government-spares-wealthy-east-from-migrant-deluge/#comments

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Levy for developers tripled on new buildings in Sydney’s CBD

SADLY … this is giving developers ‘the green light’ with the comment from

Urban Taskforce CEO Tom Forrest … that the release of details about the levy gave developers ‘certainty’; to factor it into the cost of construction.

The green light for more overdevelopment … even bigger and taller towers of concrete, steel, and glass to emit even more CO2! That’s the certainty!

At least it allows the Council to develop more public infrastructure …

Levy for developers tripled on new buildings in Sydney’s CBD

By Matt O’Sullivan and Megan Gorrey

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A levy on new buildings in the centre of Sydney will be tripled, amounting to millions of dollars for high-rise towers, under a plan to raise up to $43 million a year for parks, paving and other public infrastructure.

Developers and business will be slugged with the proposed 3 per cent levy on building developments costing $200,000 or more, part of the biggest shake up of planning controls in the core of the CBD in more than four decades.

The changes will allow for towers to be built significantly higher in four areas set for more intensive commercial development, such as near Barangaroo, Circular Quay, Central Station and Town Hall. It will mean towers can be higher than 300 metres.

Building heights in the city centre have been capped at 235 metres for decades, apart from the 309-metre Sydney Tower and Crown’s $2 billion casino tower under construction at Barangaroo, which was exempted from height limits and will reach 275 metres once completed.

The City of Sydney council estimates more than 90 per cent of the money raised from the levy, which has been endorsed by the Berejiklian government, will come from developments costing more than $1 million.

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The proposed changes to the council’s infrastructure taxes are contained in its draft strategy for managing development in central Sydney, which councillors endorsed at a meeting last week.

But Liberal councillor Craig Chung said applying the levy would disproportionately impact small businesses, such as those spending money refitting their shop or restaurant. The existing levy is 1 per cent for developments costing $200,000 or more.

“It really is a tax on small businesses,” he said. “We know the effect of the lockout laws, we know the night-time economy is struggling. We’ve had light rail, coronavirus is having a huge impact on Sydney, and now we want to triple this levy. I don’t think it’s fair.”

In an amendment voted down by the council’s majority bloc, Cr Chung proposed a “sliding scale” where projects between $250,000 and $500,000 were levied 1 per cent of development costs, projects from $500,000 to $1 million gave 2 per cent and projects over $1 million contributed 3 per cent.

Cr Chung estimated such a scheme would reap $41.5 million per year – only slightly less than the $43 million the council expected to amass under the proposed changes.

The deal struck with the NSW government will allow buildings higher than the 309-metre Sydney Tower to be built in clusters in some parts of the CBD.
The deal struck with the NSW government will allow buildings higher than the 309-metre Sydney Tower to be built in clusters in some parts of the CBD. CREDIT:RYAN STUART

He said the council collected about $14.5 million a year from developers under the current 1 per cent levy and the vast majority – about 91 per cent – was gleaned from $1 million-plus projects.

But Labor councillor Linda Scott said developers needed to “pay their fair share” to ensure a “sustainable global city”, and lowering the planned 3 per cent levy would reduce Sydney’s liveability.

Last year, 185 applications for developments in the CBD cost $1 million or more, ranging from office, retail and restaurant fitouts to multi-storey towers.

Property developer group Urban Taskforce said the levy would amount to millions of dollars for some developers constructing large buildings. But chief executive Tom Forrest said the release of details about the extent of the levy gave developers certainty, allowing them to factor it into the cost of construction.

“Broadly speaking, we welcome that certainty,” he said.

The council’s director of city planning, development and transport, Graham Jahn, said at a committee meeting this month the developer contributions had been used to fund infrastructure such as the $220 million project to pave the public spaces along the George Street light rail corridor.

“These infrastructure contributions make meaningful differences towards the tourists, the community and the businesses that visit Sydney,” he said.

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Council papers show the levy is comparable with other centres in Sydney, such as Parramatta and Chatswood where a 3 per cent levy is imposed on developments costing more than $250,000.

The City of Sydney pushed to publicly exhibit its draft planning strategy last March after the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for years declined to endorse the plan.

But Planning Minister Rob Stokes gave in-principle support to the strategy in December, clearing the path for the council to prepare changes to the scheme before it was endorsed for public exhibition.

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Matt O’Sullivan is City Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Slowdown in pace of housing developments unevenly spread across Sydney

Mosman and Hunters Hill recall were only to have an extra 300 and 150 dwellings respectively … so does a 40% cut mean as little as 70 – 130 dwellings for these Council areas?

In May 2019 the NSW Planning Department’s housing supply estimates revealed Ryde would have an extra 10,000 new dwellings by 2023 to squeeze in thousands of new residents.

A 46 per cent increase in the State Government’s housing demands for Ryde, following the previous five-year forecast to 2021 of 7600 new dwellings.

THIS is despite the high-rise precincts of Macquarie Park including Herring Road, Waterloo Road, Talavera Road and the encroachment now of replacing the walk-ups; Top Ryde; North Ryde; Gladesville; the Godzillas of Meadowbank; and now more higher density for West Ryde and Eastwood!

Yet another 8550 dwellings proposed! A mere cut of 10%?

Will that mean not only the fugly Duplex but rows of the Manor House (blocks of flats) from the intro of the Medium-Density Housing Code?
… and granny flats tacked on the back of the yard when builders do a reno?

RYDE SHANGHAI’D …

LOOKS like a ‘granny flat’ is all our families can look forward to as they are priced out by ‘HOT MONEY’ …

THAT’s the Population Ponzi just there …

WHAT will be our Saviour from the Property Mafia … will it too come from China? In the form of a Pandemic? Is that what it will come down to?

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Slowdown in pace of housing developments unevenly spread across Sydney

By Matt O’Sullivan and Nigel Gladstone

February 24, 2020

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The pace of housing construction across Sydney is expected to shift dramatically over the next five years, with a boom forecast in some areas and a slowdown in others including the northern suburbs.

Amid concerns about the scale of development, the government’s latest forecast shows 5700 fewer homes are set to be built over the next five years than was predicted two years ago.

Forecasts for three areas in Sydney’s north – Mosman, Hunters Hill and Hornsby – have been cut by at least 40 per cent on those predicted in the 2017-18 financial year.

The pace of housing construction is slowing in Sydney.
The pace of housing construction is slowing in Sydney. CREDIT:JAMES ALCOCK

New dwellings at Ryde are forecast to fall by 10 per cent to 8550 over the next five years, compared with that forecast two years ago. The pullback comes after campaigning by Liberal Minister Victor Dominello against the scale of development in his electorate.

But the forecasts for Liverpool, Wollondilly, Woollahra, the Blue Mountains and Fairfield have surged by at least 54 per cent.

The government forecasts 191,050 dwellings to be built in Sydney over the next five years, down from the 196,750 predicted two years ago.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes said development was taking place at different rates in response to planning, infrastructure and market activity.

“In greenfield areas where we are planning for significant growth, we expect development to take place at higher rates as the planning process unfolds,” he said.

Areas earmarked for the most development over the next five years include Blacktown (18,700 new dwellings), Parramatta (17,800), City of Sydney (13,650), Cumberland (12,650), Liverpool (12,750), the Hills (12,700), Camden (10,900) and Bayside (10,000).

Housing target changes from 2017/18 to 2019/20

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Mr Dominello, the Member for Ryde, said he was pleased about the reduction in targets for his local area “given the explosive growth that we have had up until this point”.

“I’m not against development – I’m against over development,” he said.

“If you start multiple villas and multiple terraces in suburbia, where are they going to park on streets? I would much rather see density around railway stations.”

The forecasts show 10 times as many homes are expected to be built at Blacktown over the next five years than the northern beaches.

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In contrast, Liverpool in the south-west is forecast to have 12,750 dwellings built over the next five years, a 72 per cent rise on that predicted two years ago.

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said the area was experiencing record levels of development as it had large greenfield sites, a CBD rezoned for high-rise mixed-use buildings and was an “attractive, affordable destination for many migrants”.

Cr Waller said major infrastructure projects such as the $740 million upgrade of Liverpool Hospital were starting to “address the deficit experienced by people in south-west Sydney for far too long”.

Bill Randolph, the director of the University of NSW’s City Futures, said the change in forecasts for new homes likely reflected a slowdown in the apartment market, adding that it would still be a “big ask” to deliver about 41,000 dwellings annually in Sydney over the next five years.

Professor Randolph said a reduction in large industrial sites meant it would become harder to develop high-density areas in inner and middle suburbs of Sydney.

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“It’s getting harder now to win the local political battle in getting urban renewal through now that we are running out of the big old industrial sites,” he said.

The NSW Department of Planning said a combination of factors, including rates of development approval and construction, and changes in economic and market conditions, could result in minor variations to housing supply forecasts.

“Proximity to new transport infrastructure and employment hubs, and the release of greenfield sites, impacts housing supply forecasts in different [local government areas],” it said.

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Matt O’Sullivan is City Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Nigel Gladstone is The Sydney Morning Herald’s data journalist.

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