Major community concerns have been ignored in the plans agreed by the Sydney City Council for the development of Harold Park:

  •     the height of the buildings is excessive (up to 8 storeys);          
  •     residential density (increased from the last version);
  •     no restriction on the scale of commercial/retail activity; and
  •     inadequate analysis of the local traffic impacts.

We must keep up the pressure for a better outcome on these matters.

It is also time to push Council on important related issues:

  •     ensuring adequate funds are available for enhancement of the public open space;
  •     a greater proportion of the Tramsheds building (1000m2) should be dedicated to community use; and
  •     simultaneous remediation of adjoining open space (‘the hill’) between the Tramsheds and the light rail station for public access and use.

And it is time to re-open community discussion on the preferred uses for the restored Tramsheds.

We have had some big community wins in our Harold Park  campaign – 35% of site for consolidated public open space; 500m2 community space in the restored Tramsheds; land for 50 units of affordable housing.  Now is the time to address these outstanding issues.

For this reason the Glebe Society has organised a meeting at

Forest Lodge Public School
6 30 – 830 Tuesday 7 December

to discuss the proposals currently on public exhibition and develop a strong community response. If you cannot attend please email us your support or amendments to Tell the Councillors and our local member, Verity Firth, what you think  by the closing date 22 December.