Shock over Lind­field Green

Monthly Chronicle - - News - Jenny Bar­lass

Lind­field busi­nesses and res­i­dents are an­gry about the sud­den ap­proval of the Lind­field Vil­lage Green de­vel­op­ment.

They say they had no no­tice it was up for con­sid­er­a­tion by the Syd­ney North Plan­ning Panel last week, with only one busi­ness owner re­ceiv­ing no­tice.

They’ve been left feel­ing “hood­winked”, with Run­away Spoon owner Scott Blamey say­ing “democ­racy has gone out of the win­dow.

“We haven’t been lis­tened to all along,” said the fu­ri­ous cafe owner. “You could tell at the Panel meet­ing it was a done deal. They were just go­ing through the mo­tions by al­low­ing us to have our say.”

Af­ter con­sid­er­able op­po­si­tion to the scheme due to “ill­con­ceived and in­ad­e­quate park­ing and traf­fic flows” around the site be­came ap­par­ent, Jen­nifer An­der­son tabled a may­oral minute in Fe­bru­ary say­ing Coun­cil would con­sider adding another layer of car park­ing at to ac­com­mo­date short- term and com­muter needs.

Busi­nesses were told this would take up to nine months to eval­u­ate and that peo­ple would get reg­u­lar up­dates. How­ever th­ese never even­tu­ated and the DA was rub­ber stamped last week.

MP for David­son Jonathan O’Dea, who ex­pressed his “dis­ap­point­ment” at the out­come, said: “Trans­port for NSW will still fund 240 com­muter spots across Lind­field.

“But Coun­cil can­not rely on the ex­tra pro­posed state funded car spa­ces as a way of re­duc­ing the ex­ist­ing num­ber of spa­ces they are propos­ing for short-term use at Lind­field Green.”

A Ku-ring-gai Coun­cil spokes­woman said that what has been ap­proved is the DA, not the car park­ing is­sue, which is “within the six to nine month (may­oral minute) time­frame. A two storey car park with base­ment park­ing and a park on top was es­sen­tially what has been ap­proved. The pro­vi­sion of park­ing forms part of the ap­pli­ca­tion but how it is de­liv­ered is not be­ing de­ter­mined by the panel. It’s a mat­ter for Coun­cil.”

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