Thirroul Village Committee has thrown its weight behind objections to a five-townhouse development planned for Lawrence Hargrave Drive on the Thirroul side of Kennedy’s Hill.
Submissions on the DA close July 16.
A DA has been lodged for the townhouses, breaching the Council’s current nine meter height restriction for this area.
The Committee is among numerous parties who have lodged submissions objecting to DA–2017/1316 for 178/180 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul.
Their letter to council states “the key issues are what appear to be errors in the DA and inadequate consideration given to the developments impact on local flooding, shading, privacy, amenity, height and storey limitations and character as required by Development Control Plan and the Local Environment Plan (LEP) that apply to the area. Additionally the development does not appear to comply with Illawarra regional environment plan no. 1and The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (s 79c).”
The committee also fears the development will be a large building, unsuitable for the prominent coastal site as it will be visible from Bulli Lookout, Bulli Hill, Bulli Pass, Sandon Point, Thirroul Public School, Thirroul and McCauleys beaches and adjoining public reserves and from a significant part of the escarpment foothills of Thirroul and Austinmer.
“The majority of houses in the area are 2/4 bedroom cottages with front and backyard gardens. The average height of buildings in the visual catchment is estimated to be 1.5 storeys. Diagonally across the road there is a block of flats on two levels with separate garage parking underneath at ground level. These are over thirty years old and were built before modern planning controls were introduced.
“The TVC does not believe that past planning mistakes can be used to justify future planning decisions. The TVC consider both these last mentioned buildings to be incompatible with the existing streetscape and that these would not be approved under present day planning regulations.”
“The area is zoned R2 Low Density Residential. Clause 4.3 of the Wollongong LEP 2009 makes provision for limiting the height of buildings. The Height of Buildings Map that supports the LEP imposes a maximum building height limit of 9 m on the subject site.
Traffic is also a concern .
“The development proposes two car park locations for each unit then one visitor parking lot to be shared amongst the five units. TVC does not believe that 11 car spots all up will be adequate for a fifteen bedroom complex.
“Given the volume of traffic which uses Lawrence Hargrave Drive this will raise significant safety issues so far as ingress and egress from the subject site is concerned. It will also lead to additional on street parking to the detriment of the occupants of adjoining properties.
“For tourists travelling south along Lawrence Hargrave Drive, this building will impede the first views of Thirroul and the southern escarpment. This building will dominate the view traveling north. The TVC believe this building, by its relative bulk, will damage the visual amenity of the area. The TVC cannot see how it can be argued that this building will improve the natural scenic quality of the surrounding area. Therefore, if this DA proceeds in its present form the TVC believes it is clear that Council will fail to “protect and manage the natural and economic attributes of the New South Wales coast”
There have been several large public meetings to discuss development in Thirroul. Each meeting endorsed a two storey limit in Thirroul.
“When asked, members of TVC cannot recall meeting any local residents who want this building to proceed.”
TVC believes Council should fulfil its obligation under the above statutes and planning instruments by rejecting this application in its current form.
“We feel that Council is obliged to advise the developer of such and recommend a suitable alternate style of development.”
Thirroul Village Committee is urging anyone who opposes the development to send an email to Council before close of business on July 16.
You can do this by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the DA number DA-2017/1316 and writing your own objection.