The Future of Harold Park and the Heritage Tramsheds
Resolution for Consideration at a Public Meeting
Forest Lodge Public School
6 30pm 7 December 2010
This public meeting of the Annandale, Forest Lodge and Glebe community reaffirms its commitment to the Planning Principles developed and submitted to Council by the Glebe Society on 23 April 2010.
We appreciate that several key principles have been acted on in the current draft controls: the allocation of 35% of the site for consolidated public open space and the provision for land to be made available for 50 units of affordable housing. These are positive provisions in the public interest and the community will be active in ensuring that these are delivered on in the future development of the site.
However, other matters of great concern to the community have been ignored and this meeting requests Council to incorporate the following changes and additions into the final controls. We note this will, in some instances, involve further negotiations with the current owner of the site.
This public meeting notes the original proposed density for Harold Park was 20% lower than currently proposed (1.25:1) As the City acknowledges, the surrounding density is much lower (0.7:1.) The density should be reduced at least to that originally proposed to respect the character of the area.
- HEIGHT AND LAYOUT
This public meeting resolves that the residential portion of the site be redesigned to respect the character of the site, the surrounding area and the topography of the Johnstons Creek Valley.
This should include the reduction of the maximum height of the buildings to 5 storeys so the whole development sits below the escarpment. We note that, with intelligent design, this is compatible with the proposed density and allocation of public open space.
The public open space should be both consolidated and laid out so that there is no potential for it to be perceived and used as private space.
Council should explore options for replacing the imposed internal street grid with a design more aligned with the topography of the site.
- COMMERCIAL/RETAIL ACTIVITIES
Include a specific control to limit the size and scale of any commercial and retail activities so that they are small scale and in harmony with current activities in Annandale and Glebe business strips and do not exacerbate the traffic problems that will come with development of the site.
- COMMUNITY SPACE WITHIN THE TRAMSHEDS
The space to be allocated to Council control and community use in the restored, heritage Tramsheds be increased from the proposed 500 m2 to 1000 m2 as a reasonable share of the total floor space of 11 000 m2 and as part compensation for the loss of 1000 m2 in the amount of land originally proposed for public open space.
- ACCESS TO LIGHT RAIL AND NORTHERN PARKLANDS
Reinstate the public path between 'The Hill' and the Tramsheds (currently closed) and incorporate access points from the site to the light rail station using the public path.
- SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
Socially sustainable infrastructure requirements must be integrated as specific actions within the DCP.
These should include specific provision for housing for seniors in recognition of the unmet need in the area.
- BEST PRACTICE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Council must require the highest standard of environmentally sustainable development on this site including stormwater and waste management and alternative energy options such as trigeneration- consistent with its own policies.
- TRAFFIC IMPLICATIONS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The impact of increased traffic on the adjoining streets has been underestimated. Council must incorporate a commitment to the extension of the light rail system as a prerequisite for this development.
- ADEQUATE FUNDING
Council must ensure that the provision for developer contributed funds is appropriate to the scale of the development and adequate for the creation of high quality public open space for passive and active recreational uses.
- HERITAGE AND INTERPRETATION
Council should require the developer to prepare a comprehensive interpretation plan including naming, signage, memorials, art works, plaques and photographs, landscaping and plantings and the restoration and adaptive reuse of heritage items such as the trams.
This resolution will be forwarded to the City of Sydney Council immediately for consideration in the finalisation of the current draft planning controls for Harold Park. It will have complementary material supporting the various points. This is our last opportunity to have input before the Minister approves the final planning controls for this site. Once this is done the site will presumably be sold to a developer (or developers).
We urge you to send individual responses to the Council.
Our next opportunity to be involved will be when the new owners seek a specific development approval.
The Glebe Society Inc
6 December 2010.