Exhibition of Harold Park Development Applications Extended

The exhibition period for four Development Applications (DA) relating to the Harold Park site in Forest Lodge has been extended until 17 October.

Mirvac has lodged a DA for a concept plan of the layout of all buildings and roads, two for the construction of particular buildings and a fourth for remediation and infrastructure works.

These DAs will be assessed against the planning controls Council endorsed in February this year and residents are encouraged to have their say through the public exhibition process.

In 2009, the City successfully argued to keep planning control of the site rather than have it rezoned as a Part 3A project. This meant we were able to involve the community in the preparation of those controls. We sought community input through letterbox drops and four public meetings with hundreds of interested community members and received and considered over 280 submissions.

The planning controls balance the need for new sustainable housing with significant public benefits for local residents. We secured 35 per cent of the site, or 3.8 hectares, as public open space - seven times the size of Glebe's Foley Park.

The proposal will also create more than 500 new jobs and almost two kilometres of cycleways. It will conserve the heritage Rozelle Tram Depot and be an example of best practice sustainable development.

Mirvac also agreed to:

  • Dedicate 500 square metres of space in the Tram Sheds for community facilities;
  • Provide land for the construction of around 50 affordable housing units; and
  • Make an $8.25M monetary contribution towards the park.

The Central Sydney Planning Committee will determine the applications in an open meeting which residents can address. The Central Sydney Planning Committee determines major development applications in the Council area and is made up of three councillors and four state government appointees.

I encourage you to find out more about the planning controls for Harold Park and to make a submission on the four DAs.

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