One of the responsibilities of the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust is representing the local community, including working cooperatively with our Council.
It’s been about six months since the new development approval process involving IHAPs was introduced. Under the new regime, Councillors are entitled to object, but are treated as any other objector.
Recent determinations indicate to me that the new IHAP regime is working. Where a proposal is contentious or appears to not comply, the Trust will lodge an objection to the proposal. The Trust has found that with the new regime, it is beneficial to sit down with Council staff and discuss the development proposals prior to any determination. Besides many of the community’s concerns addressed, I find we are also developing a stronger relationship with Council’s planning staff. If you have an issue with a proposed development by all means submit an objection, but I encourage you to also arrange a meeting with the planning officer dealing with the DA.
From my perspective it has been pleasing that both IHAP and Council planners are refusing a number of development proposals, some I would consider questionable.
However with large developments like seniors housing, developers are lodging appeals in the Land and Environment Court before Council has fully assessed the proposed development. This trend appears to be occurring across all the northern Sydney councils. Perhaps this is because the recent market downturn has pressured developers to seek a quick approval before the market drops further. Let’s see what happens over the next six months.
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If you want to find out what is happening in Beecroft and Cheltenham, go to our website bcct2119.com.au. We also have our regular E-news that anyone can subscribe to and also an active Facebook page at https:// fb.me/2119civictrust. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org