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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell the Councillors and our local member, Verity Firth, what you think by the closing date 22 December.