Council moves to protect the Bends



Northern Beaches Council will undertake an audit of all land in the Bilgola Bends precinct, following community concern about a development proposal for Barrenjoey Road.

As reported by Peninsula Living last month, a proposal for a large-scale family home south of the entrance to the Bilgola Bends at 521 Barrenjoey Road has been lodged with Council.

Over 200 submissions were received by locals opposing the plans, with most concerned about the size and scale along with the planned removal of several established trees, including natives.

Pittwater councillor Alex McTaggart told Council’s August meeting he believes the land was part several holdings in the hands of Transport for NSW before being sold to private owners.

As such, he urged Council to conduct an audit of the remaining land in the area to determine its zoning and ownership. 

The subsequent report will be used by Council to request the State Government transfer suitable parcels of land into its ownership.

“Whilst we cannot prevent a landowner developing their land in accordance with the law and the set rules, what we can do is look at how we can mitigate against the risk of such development which the community regard as unnecessary. We can prevent that happening in the future,” said fellow councillor Rory Amon at the meeting.

Councillor McTaggart says he estimates there are around 40 parcels of land of environmental value on Barrenjoey Road and in the Bilgola valley that are owned by State Government agencies.

He would like to see such lands incorporated into adjoining nature reserves.

David Shilovsky, Intern, Peninsula Living Magazine

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