Ian Stephenson, Bulletin 2/2022 April 2022

Ian StephensonThe Glebe Walks are going strong. In March, Asa Wahlquist led a walk around Blackwattle Bay, Jan Macindoe around Harold Park and Rozelle Bay and Max Solling around the Toxteth Estate. They were all well-attended and well-received. Read about our upcoming walks.

On 8 March, Janet and Asa Wahlquist and I attended the City of Sydney’s Community Round Table which explored alternative planning options to the scheme proposed in Infrastructure NSW’s Blackwattle Bay State Significant Precinct Study.

This scheme proposes 12 buildings on the old fish market site and adjoining properties. It is an overdevelopment of the area and lacks vision in terms of creating a great public domain on this harbourside land. The buildings are too tall; they include one 45 storeys high, one 32 storeys high, one 30 storeys high and two 25-storey buildings.

Artist’s impression of the proposed Blackwattle Bay Precinct (https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/blackwattlebay)

As well as the very tall buildings with their inherent problems with wind, shading and impacts on views, the open space proposed will get very little sun and the foreshore promenade is too narrow. See a detailed article on the scheme that appeared in our September 2021 Bulletin.

Council have been working on an alternative scheme which is premised on achieving the same yield but configuring the development in order to reduce the maximum height, provide better open space in a sunnier location and a 30-metre-wide foreshore promenade. Our next Bulletin will carry a report on this scheme.

Brian Fuller, our Heritage Convenor, has met with the Paddington Society to discuss the forthcoming review of the 2012 City of Sydney’s Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan.

Finally, Jan Macindoe and I have been collaborating with a number of groups across the Sydney local government area looking at Council policy in relation to community centres