In December 2014 the NSW Government released a major planning document -“A Plan for Growing Sydney”, and established the Greater Sydney Commission to oversee the plan delivery.
The plan tells us that by 2031 Sydney’s population will grow by 1.6 million to 5.9 million requiring an additional 664,000 new dwellings to be constructed
As part of the Northern Region, Pennant Hills is clearly part of the Government’s plans to approve urban renewal along transport corridors and in areas within an 800 metre radius from a central point eg. Pennant Hills railway station.
Anywhere within that area is subject to planning for a range of housing types which from past experience means medium and high density housing.
The Plan espouses good intentions in recognising our region’s advantages of a great living environment, our iconic rivers, national and regional parks, and asserts that infrastructure needed like schools and public transport, will be in the right place at the right time to support renewal. But good intentions don’t always translate to good outcomes
So should we as Pennant Hills residents be concerned – absolutely! This plan clearly opens the door to massive change, and no doubt developers will be trying to take advantage of these changes. We need to be awake to the threats and opportunities and be as engaged as we can.
In last month’s chronicle column we advised that Hornsby Council is commencing work on the Pennant Hills Town Centre Master Plan, and intends to conduct a survey of residents towards the end of 2016.
In recent days the Trust has emailed our members with a short anonymous survey to help gather the range of views of our members and assist with any submissions the Trust will make during the planning process.
This is a community wide initiative and everyone’s opinion is important on this matter. If you are not a member of the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust and would like to take part in the survey, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a link to the survey page on the web. Your participation will help us ensure we can represent the opinions of the Pennant Hills community.
Noel Oxley is a member of the Pennant Hills District Civic Trust.