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Sydney City Council has been awarded planning control for the Harold Park site in Glebe.

From The Sydney Morning Herald

Harold Park Paceway goes back to council
Date: July 11 2009
Paul Bibby
Urban Affairs Reporter

IS IT a resident-friendly planning decision, or a cynical ploy to shore up votes in the inner west? That is what's being asked in the cafes of Glebe and Annandale after a decision by the Planning Minister, Kristina Keneally to hand significant planning powers over the Harold Park Paceway to the community.

Harold Park is in the seat held shakily by the Education Minister, Verity Firth, and had been at the centre of a row ever since its owners attempted to push through a rezoning proposal in pursuit of fast cash earlier this year.

Residents saw red when the NSW Harness Club tried to bypass the City of Sydney council by asking Ms Keneally, to use her Part 3A powers to make decisions over its 10.5-hectare site. They say a decision to call in the development would have had serious electoral consequences.

But their anger turned to joy this week when Ms Keneally rejected the Harness Club's application and handed responsibility to the council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. Ms Keneally said her decision was based solely on the council's promise it could complete the planning process in a timely manner.

"The only reason the Government has turned around and decided to engage with the community on this is the political risk to their local member of parliament in the next election," the Mayor of Leichhardt, Jamie Parker, said.

The Government's decision last October to transfer Callan Park to Leichhardt Council was widely interpreted as a bid to save Ms Firth from defeat. Meanwhile, Glebe residents and the City of Sydney are enjoying the spoils of victory.

The council has begun the rezoning process, and while the government-dominated Central Sydney Planning Committee and Ms Keneally will have the final say, the council is talking about providing employment opportunities, public space, and housing to meet targets for its Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision.

"Harold Park is an important site to the community," the City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said yesterday.
 

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There will be some parkland but it would mean a lower density.
Even if Planning NSW had control, I was not expecting anything tall to be built at all. The best bet will be midrise development.
 

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There will be some parkland but it would mean a lower density.
Even if Planning NSW had control, I was not expecting anything tall to be built at all. The best bet will be midrise development.
What happened to the proposal for Sydney Uni to take it over?
 

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It's too much as Harold Park plans split community

JOSEPHINE TOVEY URBAN AFFAIRS
July 16, 2010

THE locals say there will be too many apartments and tall buildings, but the owners say there will not be nearly enough. That is the polarised reaction to plans released by the City of Sydney for the rezoning and redevelopment of the Harold Park raceway in Glebe.

Council staff yesterday released their final draft planning controls for the 10-hectare site, which will allow for 1200 new dwellings in buildings up to eight storeys high, and sets aside 35 per cent of the land for public open space.

The Glebe Society described the amount of parkland as a ''big win for the community'', but said the number of dwellings, which is 20 per cent higher than an earlier draft, was disappointing.

But the NSW Harness Racing Club, which triggered the rezoning process last year when it indicated it wanted to sell the raceway, said the 3.9 hectares of open space was ''excessive''.

"For the past few months we have been advised by the council that the club would have to provide new open-space areas as part of the rezoning, which we were happy to assist with," said the club's chief executive, John Dumesny. "However this amount of space seems excessive to the needs of the area."

If the council and the club cannot agree on the controls, the site risks being pulled in for consideration by the state government.

The club had initially asked that the site be rezoned by the then planning minister, Kristina Keneally, under the ''state significant'' planning laws, but she instead handed authority to the council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

However, if there was an impasse between the club and council the planning department could resume responsibility for the site.

The club said the percentage of open space exceeded similar sites, such as the Children's Hospital in Camperdown which has 11 per cent open space, and was unnecessary given the close proximity of the Glebe foreshore parklands.

The draft also indicates the heritage tram sheds would be used for a mix of retail, commercial and community uses, and at least 50 of the apartments would be affordable housing units.

The chief executive of the City of Sydney, Monica Barone, said the council had taken into account their obligation to provide more housing under the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy.

''The overwhelming feedback from the local community was to create publicly accessible open space, and that's what we're doing,'' she said.

The club has indicated it would like to meet with Ms Barone and the lord mayor, Clover Moore.
 

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''The overwhelming feedback from the local community was to create publicly accessible open space, and that's what we're doing,'' she said.
Of course the fckn greedy nimbys would say that. It's not like there's one of Sydney's biggest harbour foreshore parks next door or anything. And of course the stupid clowncil will placate them. This site should have 2 or 3 times the proposed density, maybe even more. It's right on Jubilee station /ffs!

This one is gonna shit me to no end, I can feel it in my bones...
 

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For crying out loud. If it's not too tall then it's too dense or too big. You can't win with those twats.
 

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Just so it's in this thread - from back in Feb this year - posted in the Inner West thread -

Oh, man...

New suburb mooted for raceway
JOSEPHINE TOVEY URBAN AFFAIRS
February 26, 2010



A HUGE slab of land zoned open space in Sydney's inner-west could be transformed into a ''new suburb'' under a draft plan by the City of Sydney that has excited developers and infuriated locals.

The council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee were given the responsibility of rezoning the Harold Park raceway, a block more than twice the size of the Carlton United Brewery site in Chippendale, after the NSW Harness Racing Club indicated to the state government it wanted to sell the land last year.

An early draft for the rezoning that went on public exhibition this week has the site supporting up to 1000 dwellings for about 1900 people, in buildings ranging from two to eight storeys high. The historic tram depot at the north of the site would be retained, but converted for retail, commercial and community use. About 25 per cent would remain open space.

The draft proposal, which has not yet been endorsed by council, was revealed at fervid public meetings last week.

Dr Lesley Lynch from the Glebe Society said people in neighbouring suburbs such as Annandale and Glebe felt eight-storey apartment blocks were inappropriate for the area, and that views could be lost and streets become clogged with traffic.

She said the development had ''enormous potential to be a disaster for the community if extravagant profit margins and high density imperatives are allowed to drive overdevelopment''.

Most existing houses in the immediate area are one to two storeys high.

The mayor of Leichhardt, Jamie Parker, whose municipality borders the site to the west, said the proposed development would be like ''dropping a new suburb'' on the area. The site would hold almost the same population as neighbouring Forest Lodge.

But the NSW Harness Racing Club has said the proposed residential density was much lower than other urban infill sites in the area, such as the former Camperdown Children's Hospital, which is up to 17 storeys high.

''We certainly don't think Harold Park should go to these kinds of heights but the site can, responsibly, take a higher density than the plan suggests,'' read a club statement.

The project manager appointed by the club, Jeff Lord, said their vision for more intensive redevelopment was in line with the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy: ''Every home that goes on this site is one less home that has to be built on the outskirts of Sydney where there is little or no public transport and other infrastructure.''

The City of Sydney said community consultation was ongoing and ''any final proposal will aim to protect residential amenity and respond to the local context''.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-suburb-mooted-for-raceway-20100225-p60k.html
At least the new proposal has 20% more density than the above but still not enough ...
 

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To have 35 % of the site as parkland is a very good compromise. It's a big injection of public space for this part of the inner city.

It doesn't make sense that locals get cheezed off that they don't get enough parks when those further away are lucky to get anything.
 

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It's the boat at the bottom of the picture. It's an ingenious idea - the council will just float it down the river during the elections so the NIMBYs forget about the massive increase in density.
 

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Jubilee station will end up being smack bang in the middle of that whole parkland complex. Yeah, great utilisation! :eek:hno:

This has been designed so as to placate those up in the Toxteth Estate (just to the east, ie, left of image). If they were to put the density at the Jubilee end adjacent to the tram sheds it would be right on the edge of Toxteth. Instead they have created a no mans land.
 
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