Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The DCP follows the LEP all managed by the CSPC

An aerial map of the Harold Park site including the tram sheds which are the red rectangles in the top RH corner of the red outlined area.
From the Lord Mayor's Media machine today, I received an email releasing the Community Consultation papers for the planning of the Harold Park site. If you recall, last week I did a series on the area, including the canal, the harness racing track, the lite-rail and the disused tram sheds. Riffling through the guff in my snail-mail box, I received a paper copy of a very similar document. Last night, as I photographed some really beautiful terraces along The Crescent, I was button-holed by a resident - Gareth - and the conversation quickly turned to the future of the large valley behind us.

Two women will be guiding this decision: Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of Sydney and Kristina Keneally the state government Minister for Planning.

It peeves me that I will be inter-state next week when all the consultation will take place with the community. Then it goes to the Committee heavily weighted (well 4-3) in favour of the Planning Minister. Do read the story about her at the link - she is a regular little charmer. I will make my submissions online. I will put my thoughts up on Plumbing should you be interested.

The documents indicate that Harold Park Paceway value the development potential at $760m which is a bit rich considering they want to sell to avoid losing money; that the land for the paceway came from the government in 1902 and ownership of the tram sheds was transferred to them in 2002 - nothing about them paying anything for the land or the sheds. The tram sheds are heritage listed under the Leichhardt LEP, 2000.
Below, is a view of the harness race-track that is Harold Park.

DCP = Development Control Plan
LEp = Local Environmental Plan
CSPC = Central Sydney Planning Committee


Joan Elizabeth said...

Quite an activist aren't you!

Jacob said...

I don't understand all the ins and outs of the political machinations in your area, but I'd put money on the fact that when it's all said and done the rich will be richer and the poor will be poorer.

Hopefully, the people will get something of use out of it.

brattcat said...

Whatever happens, you have documented the place as it stands now. You don't suppose they planned the community meetings to coincide with your absence, do you?

Unseen Rajasthan said...

The Information is fantastic !! Great..Unseen Rajasthan

diane said...

Bad luck that you will be out of town at the time of community input. I'm keen to follow your blog to find out what happens to the site.

Ann said...

Just been catching up on the news and reading about the dust storm, hope you got some shots.