A controversial application to demolish one home to build five townhouses on Thirroul’s George Street has been rejected by Wollongong Council’s Local Planning Panel- which made special mention of the cumulative effects development is having on traffic congestion through the area.
Fourteen people made submissions to the panel opposing the development at number 28, on the basis of environment, overdevelopment, and amenity to neighbouring properties.
“Having reviewed the desired future character statement for Thirroul and following inspection of the site and locality, the panel is of the view the proposed development is out of character with both the existing and the desired future character of the area. ”
The panel also noted matters of privacy impacts on adjoining properties, internal amenity for future occupants, window placement and dimensions have not been adequately resolved.
The panel suggested a reduction in the number of units planned for the site, saying approval of the development would set an undesirable precedent which would not be in the public interest.
They also noted the existing traffic congestion in Thirroul, saying this has been a common theme raised by residents opposing further development.
The panel says as Lawrence Hargrave Drive is controlled by the RMS and Wollongong Council, a review should be undertaken to determine the impact of future development on the capacity of the road network, and that this review should also involve community engagement.