The potential change in the planning landscape for residential development on our foreshore slopes continues to loom large on the horizon. The deadline of 30 November 2015 is fast approaching and there is still no news from the State government about any future change.
Here’s a quick summary of what this is about:
The current situation is that the foreshore slopes of Mosman require development consent from Council for residential development that would otherwise be permissible under the General Housing Code (and be approved by a private certifier). This development includes new two storey houses and alterations and additions to existing houses. On 30 November this situation will change so that the slopes will no longer excluded from the provisions of the General Housing Code and what’s known as complying development can be built.
There are a number of options that Council has been pursuing with the State in order to ensure this significant area is protected from inappropriate development –
1. Gaining an extension to the 30 November expiry date.
2. Gaining permanent exclusion from the General Housing Code.
3. Developing an alternative local provision in the Mosman LEP2012 to secure the area from inappropriate development.
All these options require action by the State and to date we have seen none. While the State is aware of the situation and the significance of the planning problem nothing definite has been communicated to Council.
The impact on neighbours and the community from 30 November will be:
- No neighbour notification inviting submissions prior to determination of an application
- No assessment of overshadowing, public or private view loss, loss of privacy, visual impact of development when viewed from the Harbour, or any submissions from neighbours.