Battle for Military Road rages on

Published:
07/04/2021

An artist's depiction of proposed eight to 12-storey buildings on the corner of Rangers Road.

The Neutral Bay community and North Sydney Council are at loggerheads over a planning study that will allow developers to build up to 12-storeys on sites along Military Road.

As reported by North Shore Living mid-last year, the Military Road Corridor Planning Study will see building height limits along the main road rise from five to six-storeys.

Three sites in the Neutral Bay town centre will also be rezoned to accommodate between eight to 12-storeys, with the future of a fourth to be decided following a councillor site visit.

Council says the study is needed to address future demand for local jobs and increasing pressure on the public domain and community facilities.  

It says the study is also needed to guide future development, with the corridor experiencing significant pressure from developers.

While the study’s future directions report was adopted by Council in February, locals are continuing to fight the proposed height limits.

In several letters to councillors obtained by North Shore Living, the three surrounding community precincts have all expressed their concern with the study.

The Brightmore, Harrison and Neutral precincts say increasing height limits to between eight and 12-storeys on the site north of Grosvenor Lane, the site south of Grosvenor Lane and the Rangers Road site will result in overshadowing, wind tunnelling, increased traffic, and overpopulation. 

They say such concerns are shared by the broader community, with just 12 per cent of the 435 responses to the study supportive of 12-storey height limits.

“It has been unacceptable to note that the requested feedback from the most directly affected precincts appears to have been disregarded,” a submission by Brightmore Precinct reads.

The precincts say they are also ‘disappointed’ by plans for councillors to conduct a site inspection of a fourth site to consider future development. 

The site, comprising the Barry Street carpark, neighbouring residential cottages, and the commercial building at 40 Yeo Street, was initially discarded from the future directions report due to concerns for the impacts on heritage and local character.

As a result of the precinct’s campaign, councillors Zoe Baker, MaryAnn Beregi and Tony Carr brought a recission motion to last month’s Council meeting calling for the adoption of the future directions report to be overturned. 

The recission motion was lost.

Author:
Stephanie Aikins, News Editor, North Shore Living

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