This submission seeks to address the issues of concern regarding the proposed future density around the Revesby Village. The current height restriction has in fact added to its individuality making it a friendly and welcoming area. We are very aware of the pressure for more diverse housing along the train corridors and this will ultimately change Revesby considerably.
This Group has scrutinized the draft LAP and finds that it is heavily weighted in favour of one form of housing whilst failing to provide the diversity of dwellings it was intended to achieve. With the aim to maintaining the overall character of the Village, this Group has outlined alternatives.
Please note: Any reference made to “Medium Density” is 3, 4, or 6 storey.
Any reference made to “High Density” is 8 storey and over.
Revesby Village (North Side)
Blocks identified for 12 storeys changed to an 8 storey limit.
Blocks identified for 8storeys changed to 6storey limit.
Block opposite “Palm Court” in Selems Parade should not be rezoned to Commercial but should stay residential with a 3storey limit.
Swan Street with its existing 4storey block lends itself to such developments.
Simmons Street with its narrow configuration and flood zone classification is ideal for single dwellings and villa development making it attractive to our senior residents when downsizing.
“GoLo/Millers site shop top 8storey apartments. Making sure that onsite parking a requirement and no additional pressure is put on the existing commuter car park for additional height.
“Whitehall” site which is owned by Council should be zoned for villas “Independent Living for over 60s”. This works in other areas where Councils have the foresight and good planning for the biggest need facing our society in the future.
Revesby Village (South Side)
Redevelop the YMCA and Community Hall into one modern facility with a maximum of 6storeys.
Shop top 4storey apartments along the shopping strip.
Corner The River Road and Blamey Street 8storey only.
Tarro Street a maximum of 3storey with the option of single or double storey.
Brett Street with its very narrow configuration is not suitable for a large number of developments this is unsustainable and not good planning. We feel a maximum of 3storey is more than adequate for that particular street.
Without a doubt the draft LAP ignores the needs of existing residents. It is not good practice to plan for one section of society and discriminate against another.
The idea that Council can restrict homeowners to only selling to developers who are willing to build according to zones indicated heights is unthinkable. As stated by the suggested planning control “Medium Density Residential Zones” will not include low density options such as dual occupancy and villa developments; this control should not be part of any zone requirement but should read “up to the maximum of” therefore giving an option not restriction.
It is clear this LAP needs more detailed work with community involvement which up to date has not been the case. We urge Bankstown Planning to seriously re think the whole document and allocate precincts rather than using back yard fences as boundaries. We are requesting Public Meetings so the community can be informed and given the opportunity to comment. The process by which the focus groups were put together is questionable. Therefore one very important criterion as set out by NSW Government for developing this LAP has not been met.
No new Open Spaces or Play Grounds have been identified, putting more pressure on our current resources. The management of additional traffic is also a concern with Revesby currently trying to cope with congestion around its shopping precinct.
A major flaw is the wording in the documents; keeping in mind the diverse cultural mix of the area were English is a second language, expecting people to understand and make sense of maps without reference points or street names is misleading.
This Group has always supported good developments that reflect and enhance the character and identity of Revesby this can only be strengthened with inclusive and thoughtful planning rather than playing with numbers on coloured blocks!
For and on behalf of the
COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP (Revesby)