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Planning Overview

Planning Overview

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.  Read more »



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Sydney Fishmarket

Posted on 24th February 2017

While it is a great asset to have on our doorstep, there are numerous problems with the proposed move to the head of the Bay.  Read more »

10 Bridge Road

Posted on 24th February 2017

This controversial proposal is to convert an industrial building into a largely residential development in the Business Zone opposite Sydney Secondary College (Blackwattle Campus). This site is located within Wentworth Park. The proposal has been refused.  Read more »

Bidura Redevelopment

Posted on 1st December 2016

On 26 November 2016 the Land and Environment Court handed down a judgment on the Vision Land proposal for the redevelopment of the rear of the Bidura site.   Read more »

Planning Report (November 2016)

Posted on 31st October 2016

Opening of the Tramsheds and History of the Tramsheds and Harold Park; 25 Glebe Point Rd, ‘Doughnut Time’; Central Sydney Planning Strategy; and Minor Changes to LEP 2012
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Glebe Affordable Housing Project, Cowper Street

Posted on 22nd October 2016

This proposal is for 495 dwellings, in blocks of up to ten storeys. 247 are proposed to be private market units, 95 to be affordable and 153 public housing. There are 175 parking spaces (none for the public housing).  Read more »

Harold Park Affordable Housing

Posted on 7th September 2016

The last building to be constructed on the Harold Park site is now being advertised. However, this one is not being built by Mirvac, but by City West Community Housing. The affordable housing site is on the immediate left as you enter the site from Wigram Rd. It faces east, running along Ross St.   Read more »

Planning Subcommittee Annual Report 2015-2016

Planning Subcommittee Annual Report 2015-2016

Posted on 29th July 2016

Bidura, Affordable Housing, Legislative Changes, Councillor Robyn Kemmis, Progress of Developments and the National Trust  Read more »

Glebe Island Bridge Can Link White Bay with the CBD

Posted on 29th July 2016

The Society is continuing to push for the protection and adaptive re-use of the Glebe Island Bridge:  Read more »

Planning Report (August 2016)

Posted on 29th July 2016

The controversial Bidura development proposal, including any amendments and heritage recommendations, will now be determined by the Land and Environment Court. Council will hold a meeting with the objectors, and because there are quite a few, that meeting will be held in Glebe Town Hall on Monday 8 August at 6pm  Read more »

Dogs Gone? Baird’s Promise: Wentworth Park to be a ‘Community Space’

Posted on 29th July 2016

Members of The Glebe Society will have differing views about whether greyhound racing should be banned, but I think we can all agree about what should happen when the dogs leave Wentworth Park. Since at least 1878, Wentworth Park has been dedicated in perpetuity as ‘a park or place for public recreation’  Read more »

Should the Remand Centre at Bidura Be Preserved?

Posted on 5th July 2016

On 15 June, the Glebe Society made a further submission in relation to the Stage 1 DA for Bidura. One matter that was not dealt with by our original submission was the possible retention and adaptive reuse of the Remand Centre.  Read more »

Bidura Stage 1 DA

Posted on 29th March 2016

The old Bidura building, including the garden fronting Glebe Point Rd, is safe because it is a Heritage Item. The controversial part of the DA involves the proposed new building behind Bidura.  Read more »

Size of Households

Size of Households

Posted on 29th March 2016

In the past, demographers assumed that flat or apartment dwellers would move from apartments to houses once they had children. The experience of Pyrmont/Ultimo, which has been redeveloped over the last few decades entirely with apartments, is that this assumption is incorrect. This is the main reason why there is such concern in Pyrmont/Ultimo about the lack of facilities, especially schools.  Read more »

Better Planning Network, Parliament House, 17 February

Better Planning Network, Parliament House, 17 February

Posted on 8th March 2016

This large meeting was in two parts. In the first, Bob Meyer AM, explained the need to review Sydney plans every five years. Prof. Anna Yeatman then gave her analysis of what was wrong with the present planning situation  Read more »

Submission re Affordable Housing in Glebe

Submission re Affordable Housing in Glebe

Posted on 26th January 2016

Originally this proposal involved a large proportion of City Council land, and was consequently less dense and less controversial. Now, five years later, it has shrunk to just a Department of Housing block owned by the State since 1948. Controversially, it now comprises a large private component. This appears to be the model for the […]  Read more »