We have won the battle! Now we just need to win the war!
“This will be refused” according to Cr Keays and Cr Holland who, with Cr Szatow who have supported us at every turn. The submission is regarded as “deeply flawed” and Council has refused it.
The word from Elise Keays today is that she has an email from Director of Development and Regulation, Michael Miocic, stating that the DA has been recorded as a "Delegated Refusal". It will not go to Council.
Confirmation will shortly appear on the Council web-site.
It is said that “It takes a village to raise a child” but in this case it took a “village” to protect what is precious about this street so that our children might inherit what we all enjoy everyday, a peaceful community. As Darryl Kerrigan famously said “How’s the serenity?”.
If you hear some groans coming from the north, that's the sound of a disturbed beehive.
We are thankful for the guidance and support of our zone Councillors and Steven Holland.
The next step will be the Land and Environment Court. [Don’t throw out your signs just yet]. This should take place in the next few months.That’s a battle Council will fight on our behalf if Beehive Capital decide this is worth the fight. Talk about throwing good money after bad!
The latest fashions on Gordon Ridge
The news from Rebecca Eveleigh at the Council is that Beehive Capital Pty Ltd have already applied to have this matter heard by the Land and Environment Court!
Many always thought they would challenge the community and Council views, but jumping the gun like this might hint at a certain contempt for the democratic process, not to mention a lack of confidence that their submission would be acceptable to Council. The submission is unequivocally unacceptable to the people of the Ridge. We can only speculate the type of corporate community citizens B. Capital would be?
Rebecca explained that there is a rule that allows an applicant to take this step if there is no determination from Council within forty days. After that interval the DA can be a “deemed rejection”.
The submissions from the Gordon Ridge Community would be looked at closely and our systematic approach would constitute useful material should the Council oppose the submission – which seems highly likely.
Watch this space......
After all the street meetings, emails, meetings with Councillors, sign painting and conversations, the time has arrived.
The group submission was delivered to Council Monday 15th February. Email copies have gone out and anyone who wants to see a paper version can drop by to Lochleigh, number 29 Ridge Street, to have a look.
More than 145 individual letters were sent to council. I’ll bet they’re having a fine time going through those.
More than 250 people signed the petition. Everything that could be humanly done has been done and now we await the big wheels of democracy to move around.
Letters can still be sent for consideration and you can write a second time if you have more issues.
Thanks to everyone who worked so tirelessly to get us to this point.
“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance”. Thomas Jefferson.
“The price of a childcare centre in Ridge Street is something else” Anon
Walking your dog along Ridge and Craiglands this morning took away the need to buy the Sydney Morning Herald. There was more comment scrawled on the street’s protest signs
than on an Alan Jones blog. A favourite was “You can’t stop us” painted twice on the entrance to Ridge Street. Read more
Read the latest North Shore Times article
"Vandals’ filthy words won’t stop the protest".
We have formed this Gordon Ridge Community Group because we have a beautiful community which is worth protecting.
But, it is currently in danger of being changed forever by commercial development which threatens to overwhelm the surrounding streets, neighbours, traffic and destroy the historical value of this area.
We, the residents of Gordon Ridge feel strongly about the well-being of our homes and environment, and as we have done in the past, will continue defending our neighbourhood from unnecessary and unsuitable development.
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