& DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
3 & 5 Turner Road
DA for 3 & 5 Turner Road Berowra Heights was refused at the Planning
Meeting held on 5 July 2006. The grounds for refusal were that it
did not comply with the Turner Road Commercial Centre Masterplan and
the Medium Density DCP.
looks like an on-going saga! When will residents be free of the scheming
of so-called 'developers'?
5 Turner Road, BEROWRA HEIGHTS
DEMOLITION OF EXISTING DWELLINGS AND ANCILLARY STRUCTURES AND ERECTION
OF ELEVEN (11) TWO STOREY MULTI-UNIT DWELLINGS
The DA has
been emended and submitted again. The original claims that it achieves
a high degree of compliance with council's requirements, and that
departures from the side setback and landscaped open space requirements
isn't the DA in full compliance with council's regulations?
is no justification given for the zero setbacks to two boundaries
and only 750 mm setbacks for two other boundaries, where three metres
would be extensive shadow patterns within the development itself
and the proposed future development in Kita Road.
single lane access road to the development is
inadequate, especially since it would also serve
the proposed developments indicated on the Turner Road Commercial
single lane access road would also to be used for disabled and pedestrian
access. This would be dangerous, since there is no designated footpath.
access road would be restricted by extensive tree planting along
are 42 trees, with 6 scribbly gums planned for the smaller front
courtyard areas. The
planting of these kinds of trees so close to foundations and driveways
will only cause problems to buildings and driveways.
(The Privacy section of the Statement of Environmental Effects
"The smaller front courtyard areas are reasonably screened
from overlooking by way of building separation and proposed planting,
provided the Scribbly Gums do not all grow to their 20 metre mature
set out on council's web site, the proposed dwellings could well
be judged to be out of character with the houses on the opposite
side of Turner Road.
internal amenities of the proposed dwellings are poor to inadequate.
corner of Berowra Heights sits on the top of a ridge that is especially
exposed to the threat of bushfires, and there is no quick or easy
escape route for people to use. It is entirely inappropriate to
cram more buildings - especially residential ones - into this particular
being in a dangerous position as regards bushfires, the proposed
number of residential dwellings would add considerably to the run-off
pollutants that end up in the Creek below - and Berowra Creek already
has a serious pollution problem.
development proposed for 3&5 Turner Rd includes two townhouses
out of 11 that are for disabled or senior residents (otherwise known
as Access/Mobility). The main problem with these two houses are
that they are two storey and they do not have any bedrooms on the
developer has very kindly provided a downstairs bathroom but has
shown lack of thought in regard to the bedrooms.
In addition, the driveway to the developent is not wide enough to
allow safe pedestrian access along with car access.
is serious when we consider disabled or senior residents who may
need to use this pedestrian access to shops and facilites. Such
access is a strict requirement of the Access/Mobility DCP.
emended DA brings with it further problems. The time now available for
making comments is very short - the DA was posted over the holiday period
and comments were asked to be in by Jan 26: however, we've been assured
that late comments will be accepted.
to go to a form letter. You are urged to alter it if you wish, print
it out, sign it, and then send it off asap. Alternatively, paste it
into an e-mail and post it now.
the form letter to return to this page.
NOW and HAVE YOUR SAY about this DA!