The Local Planning Panel has approved the demolition of the Council-owned house at 48 Gladesville Road.   
 
Although the reason given for this DA is to provide an entry to Figtree Park, the community can be forgiven for being cynical about this demolition, as 48 Gladesville Road is one of the row of five buildings long-considered a ‘redevelopment opportunity’ by Council as part of their Draft Property Strategy. 
 
This Strategy was rejected by the community last year and therefore not adopted by Council, but this DA with its Notification Plan and drawings marked as HUNTERS HILL NEW COUNCIL CHAMBERS, PARK & COMMUNITY CENTRE now appears to progress this redevelopment agenda.
 
This is hardly the transparency that Council has promised ratepayers, who should be given the courtesy of full disclosure of its real intentions.

The Trust’s concerns are:

48 Gladesville Road

1.  The work does not comply with the $4.75M Public Spaces Legacy Grant

2.  Existing access points not utilised

3.  Loss of rental revenue of approximately $35,000 per annum

4.  Council’s Conservation Advisory Panel does not support the demolition of this property

5.  Local Planning Panel approval may not align with Council’s recently approved Figtree Park Plan of Management

 

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