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In the 1960s, Glebe was viewed as a slum, ripe for demolition. Today it is a sought after residential suburb. The story of this transformation is not only a story of changing tastes and lifestyles, but also the story of a determined group of residents who saw the potential beauty and amenity of their suburb and fought to preserve it from the bulldozers.



Posts about Planning

From the President, August 2021
Posted on 2nd August 2021

Glebe Society President, Janet Wahlquist, provides an update on the Society’s recent activities and what’s new in Glebe and Forest Lodge

Proposed development at 7 Franklyn St and 49-51 Greek St, Glebe
Posted on 5th August 2021

A DA under consideration for these sites, involves demolishing two former warehouses and replacing them with 84 self-contained boarding rooms. The proposed development is out of character with the neighbouring houses. Adaptive reuse of the warehouses would be a better solution.

Coming soon: Exciting new videos on Glebe
Posted on 6th August 2021

Watch out for a series of six videos on the history of Glebe and threats to its future. Coming later in August.

A meeting with the NSW Minister for Housing
Posted on 4th August 2021

Brian Fuller and Ian Stephenson of the Society’s Management Committee, met with Deputy Lord Mayor, Linda Scott and the Hon. Melinda Pavey, Minister for Water, Property and Housing. The Society expressed its opposition to the spot rezoning of 17-31 Cowper St and 2A-D Wentworth Park Rd to allow the NSW Land and Housing Corporation to erect two eight-storey apartment buildings in the St Phillip’s Heritage Conservation Area.

Yelvertoft, 75 Hereford St, Sells
Posted on 3rd August 2021

The heritage-listed 1858 Victorian Regency sandstone villa, Yelvertoft, has been saved from the developers.

Society meets with State Government to discuss affordable and social housing
Posted on 11th July 2021

Ian Stephenson and Brian Fuller, the Society’s Planning and Heritage convenors, recently joined Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott at a meeting with the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing, to discuss the State Government’s intentions in relation to the provision of affordable and social housing in Glebe.

‘It’s only words’: the melancholy of the St Phillips Estate
Posted on 6th July 2021

The Development Application to build two eight-storey apartment buildings and five faux terrace houses in the St Phillips Heritage Conservation Area, brings the plaintive melancholy of the Bee Gees’ 1968 hit song Words to mind

New Glebe Society video: Treasure in the City
Posted on 5th June 2021

The Glebe Society has collaborated with postgraduate students from The University of Sydney to produce a new video. It includes some fresh perspectives on Glebe as well as exploring current threats to this special place.

Opposition to proposed Glebe Island concrete batching plant
Posted on 4th June 2021

The Glebe Society has objected to a proposal for a Concrete Batching Plant and Handling Facility at White Bay. Among other things, it could have a negative impact on the desirability of restoring the Glebe Island Bridge as a pedestrian and cycleway.

architectural context of 17-31 Cowper St and 2A-D Wentworth Park Rd

Cowper St DA – consider making a submission
Posted on 4th June 2021

Sydney City Council are considering a development application (DA) from the NSW Land and Corporation for the construction of a high-rise development in Cowper Street in what, until very recently, was a Heritage Conservation Area. Submission closing date is 23 June 21

Another Conservation Area in Glebe at risk
Posted on 4th June 2021

A key principle underlying Glebe’s conservation areas are that if a Neutral building is to be replaced, the replacement must be sympathetic to its Contributory neighbours, rather than to any Detracting neighbours. This principle seems to have got lost in a recent development approval decision by City of Sydney Council.

NSW Planning’s proposed Design and Place SEPP is not going to work

NSW Planning’s proposed Design and Place SEPP is not going to work
Posted on 22nd May 2021

Check out the Glebe Society’s submission on the state government’s proposed Design and Place planning policy

Stop Cannibalising Glebe – Defend Public Housing Rally
Posted on 22nd May 2021

The state government is getting it seriously wrong by doing high rise developments in heritage conservation areas in parts of Glebe.

Glebe Society meets with Lord Mayor Clover Moore to discuss public housing
Posted on 26th May 2021

Glebe Society met with Lord Mayor Clover Moore to discuss social housing. The Glebe Society is opposed to LAHC’s unprincipled vision to create a tale of two suburbs: one which is low-rise and historic and the other which is high-rise and heartless.

Just how far will LAHC go? Now they’re selling off a kindy!
Posted on 26th May 2021

The state government is selling off the building that houses a kindy that’s been in Glebe for almost 40 years.

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