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Built Environment Plan Phase 2 - Public Housing Estates

On 27 January the RWA released the Draft of Phase 2 of their Built Environment Plan (BEP2). Below you will find details of the plan which was only on exhibition until 28 February 2011. REDWatch has collected a range of background materials about the issues associated with the redevelopment of public housing - these can be found via the Public Housing tab at the top of the page or by the link at the foot of this page. The RWA Draft BEP2 is being finalised by the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority as aprt of a wider precinct study.
RWA Places BEP 2 on Exhibition Only Until 28th February
The RWA placed its Draft Plan for Built Environment Phase 2 (BEP2) on public exhibition on 27th January 2011. The Draft BEP2 proposes new planning controls for public housing estates in Redfern Waterloo and Eveleigh and is on exhibition until 28th February 2011. The short exhibition is not a statutory exhibition. The RWA is looking for comment before finalising the planning controls for the area which will then be placed on formal exhibition. The area covered by the RWA BEP2 have been removed from the City of Sydney Local Environment Plan which is to go on exhibition in February. Below REDWatch has provided the details of the exhibition as they appeared on the RWA website on 27 January 2011 - This was adjusted when the RWA website closed to point to the SMDA and then UGDC websites.
Information on Public Housing Issues with Relevence to BEP2 & HNSW Masterplan.
This link takes you to the "Public Housing" section of the REDWatch site where you can find out more information about Public Housing Issues including the controls proposed by the Sydney City Council for the area now being reconsidered by the RWA under BEP2 and HNSW in their Preliminary MasterPlan.
File RWA BEP 2 Newsletter
On 27 January 2011 when the RWA placed its Built Environment Plan Phase 2 (BEP2) on exhibition they produced a Newsletter regarding the exhibition which was distributed in the Redfern and Waterloo areas. This is the electronic version of that newsletter. It is 1 MB PDF.
RWA BEP 2 Newsletter Text
On 27 January 2011 when the RWA placed its Built Environment Plan Phase 2 (BEP2) on exhibition they produced a Newsletter regarding the exhibition which was distributed in the Redfern and Waterloo areas. This newsletter has many illustrations and is best red in the pdf. This text version is designed only to make the text of the newsletter easily available.
BEP2 Consultation - Places Document can be Viewed
Below is a list of places where the Draft BEP2 Plan can be viewed if you are unable to view the document electronically.
File HNSW BEP2 Information Booklet for Public Tenants
This "Housing NSW Residents Redfern, Waterloo and Eveleigh - Important Information on your neighbourhood" booklet was issued following the BEP2 being placed on public exhibition. The booklet seeks to put the BEP2 into the wider HNSW Masterplanning process. The booklet contains no information however about the proposed BEP2 controls. File is 1.5MB PDF.
File REDWatch Comparison of BEP2 and CoS Floor Space Recomendations
The City of Sydney engaged consultants HBO+EMTB to undertake an Urban Design Study for Redfern and Waterloo in 2006. This study formed the basis of the controls City of Sydney placed in their proposed LEP which was submitted to the Department of Planning for exhibition approval in 2010. When the council was given approval to exhibit their LEP the department of Planning instructed them to remove the area covered by the RWA's BEP2. The RWA BEP2 study accepted the Councils controls in the Conservation area but proposed increased controls for the concentrated public housing area. Here REDWatch has compares the floor space recommendations of both studies (provided in the BEP2 Report) and shows how the 35% increase in floor space proposed by the RWA BEP2 is made up.
File REDWatch BEP2 Meeting with RWA & HNSW Flyer
This is the flyer for the 3 February 2011 REDWatch Meeting. It contains a very brief overview of what is in BEP2. File is 66Kb PDF.
REDWatch BEP2 Meeting with RWA & HNSW - 3 February 2011
REDWatch invites you to a presentation by RWA CEO Roy Wakelin-King, RWA Planning Staff and Senior HNSW Staff followed by questions and answers about - RWA’s Draft BEP 2 - Planning Controls for the Redevelopment of the Consolidated Redfern and Waterloo Public Housing Estates. Below are details of the meeting and a brief overview by REDWatch of what is in and not in the BEP2 Plan.
Crowded Redfern to spread its wings
THE number of homes on public land in Redfern and Waterloo will double under plans to radically change the area with the largest concentration of social housing in the inner city reports Matthew Moore The Urban Affairs Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald of 5 February 2011.
File BEP2 infill around high-rise and re-development potential
This table shows the likely location of Infill & new units in the redevelopment proposed under BEP2. REDWatch has used the RWA supplied estimate of 85 square meters per unit to analyze the floor space controls. The table shows that the controls would allow for 7108 units of 85sm with some of this space being taken up by commercial. Using the BEP2 information it is possible to calculate the number of 85sm units on each redeveloped block and what is required in infill developments on the high-rise blocks. A greater infill could be achieved as indicated in Appendix A however to achieve this the existing average floor space will need to be lower than the 85sm average used by the RWA. File is 78KB PDF.
REDWatch BEP2 Issues : Open Space
Open Space is an important issue in Redfern and Waterloo and the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2 (BEP2) does not set a target for open space per person as has been happen in other developments such as Green Square. Below is the text of a leaflet on this issue prepared by REDWatch for the Community Consultation.
File REDWatch BEP2 Issues : Open Space - PDF Leaflet
Open Space is an important issue in Redfern and Waterloo and the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2 (BEP2) does not set a target for open space per person as has been happen in other developments such as Green Square. This is a PDF version of the leaflet (PDF 68Kb).
REDWatch Concerns Regarding BEP2 Consultation
Below is the text of a letter sent by REDWatch to the RWA and Housing NSW setting out their concerns over the Consultation Process used for BEP2
REDWatch - BEP2 Overview and Issues for Submissions
REDWatch has released its initial comments on BEP2 on 15 February 2011. The document below provides an overview of BEP2 and raises issues of concern to REDWatch that should be raised in submissions which close on 28 February 2011.
File REDWatch - BEP2 Overview and Issues for Submissions - PDF Version
REDWatch has released its initial comments on BEP2 on 15 February 2011. The document below provides an overview of BEP2 and raises issues of concern to REDWatch that should be raised in submissions which close on 28 February 2011. PDF 182 KB.
File Shelter NSW Submission on BEP2
Attached is the Shelter NSW submission on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2. The file is 52 KB PDF.
File The Factory Community Centre - Submission on BEP2
Attached is The Factory Community Centre submission on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2. The file is 58 KB PDF.
The Precinct submission on BEP2
The Precinct is one of eleven precincts on Housing NSW’s Waterloo Estate. It comprises some 206 households of the total of 2502 households on the estate. The estate covers the area bounded by Cope, Philip, Morehead, and Mc Evoy streets. Their BEP2 submission is below.
File NCOSS Submission on BEP2
Attached is the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) submission on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2. The file is 234 KB PDF.
File South Sydney Community Aid Submission on BEP2
Attached is the South Sydney Community Aid submission on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2. The file is 176 KB PDF.
RWA Letter to REDWatch Regarding BEP2 Consultation
REDWatch wrote the the Redfern Waterloo Authority on 15 February 2011 raising concerns about the Consultation process being used for BEP2. This is the respoonse to that letter from the RWA.
REDWatch Submission on BEP2
Below is the text of the REDWatch submission on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2 (BEP2)
File REDWatch Submission on BEP2 PDF Version
This is the full PDF version of the REDWatch Submission on BEP2 including Appendices. File is 642 Kb PDF.
South Sydney Greens Submission on BEP2
Below id the text of the South Sydney Greens Submission on BEP2
File Mehreen Faruq Submission on BEP2
This is the submission from Mehreen Faruqi, the Greens candidate for Heffron in 2011 on BEP2. File is 72 KB PDF.
File Bruce Lay Submission on BEP2
This is a copy of the Submission from Bruce and Sarah Lay of Heritage Solutions on BEP2. File is 76 KB PDF.
Public housing not a “magic pudding”
Community group, REDWatch, is concerned that Government has been working behind closed doors for over seven years on the Built Environment Plan 2 (BEP2) for the redevelopment of Redfern and Waterloo public housing estates and yet the Plan is only being placed on exhibition for a month comments South Sydney Herald in their March 2011 Issue.
File Redfern Legal Centre Submission on BEP2
Attached is the Redfern Legal Centre submission on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2. The file is 263 KB PDF.
Desley Hass Submission on BEP2
Below is the submission on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2 from Desley Hass. This submission has two parts the first deals with consultation, language and other issues while the sectond section deals with traffic and parking.
BEP2 Social Housing Thank You BBQ - Redfern 28 March 2011 - 12pm-2.30pm Mar 29, 2011 from 03:00 AM to 05:30 AM Poet’s Corner, Morehead St Redfern,
A barbeque to thank social housing residents for their input during the draft BEP 2 exhibition period will be held on Monday, 21 March at Poet’s Corner Redfern
BEP2 Social Housing Thank You BBQ - Waterloo - 29 March 2011 - 12pm-2.30pm Mar 30, 2011 from 03:00 AM to 05:30 AM Waterloo Green,
A barbeque to thank social housing residents for their input during the draft BEP 2 exhibition period will be held on Monday, 21 March at Poet’s Corner Redfern
Consultation concerns over Redfern-Waterloo plan
Residents’ group REDWatch are concerned about the public consultation process for the Redfern Waterloo Authority’s (RWA) recently released blueprint for public housing in the area reports Michael Davis in City News on 24 February 2011.
File City of Sydney Submission on BEP2
Attached is the City of Sydney Council submission on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2. This is an important submission because the Council is the body that has all the in house expertise to assess BEP2. It also indicates what Council would allow if it was the Consent Authority which it may yet be. Please note there have been a few versions of this document on line - this is the corrected version produced on 20 April 2010. The file is 7.7 MB PDF.
Links to Other Submissions
The RWA website contains submissions from people and Organisations who are happy to have their comments made public. We have not placed all these on the REDWatch website but below we have provided links to these submissions.
Transforming the great southern land
Redfern is on the brink of its biggest change in decades, writes Matthew Moore in the Sydney Morning Herald of 30 April 2011.
File Council on the Aging (NSW) [COTA] Submission on BEP2
Attached is the Council on the Aging (NSW) [COTA] Submission on on the Draft Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan Stage 2. The file is 861 KB PDF.
Renewal of Social Housing in Redfern- Waterloo BEP2 - Article in New Planner
This article was published in the Planning Institute of NSW's journal New Planner June 2011. Our attention was drawn to this article at the presentation by City of Sydney on July 7 2011 because of its comments on the effectiveness of the BEP2 consultation which is contested between local agencies and Government. No reports have been released by either HNSW or RWA about the consultation and what they heard the community say. Agencies and community groups such as REDWatch raised concerns about the consultation in their submissions. It was concerns about the quality of the consultation that directly lead to the formation of the Groundswell Coalition.
RWA Releases BEP2 Stakeholder Engagement Report
The Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA) has released the Stakeholder Engagement Report for the Built Environment Plan Stage 2 (BEP 2). The report prepared by Mediate Today, the RWA response and a media release have been placed on the RWA website on 22 July 2011. Below you will find a link to the documents. We have reproduced the text of the media release and the RWA response in text form below.
File RWA BEP2 Survey Results Data
The Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA) Stakeholder Engagement Report for the Built Environment Plan Stage 2 (BEP 2) contains an analysis of the surveys returned during the BEP2 consultation. REDWatch has concerns about how this data has been reported and has hence extracted from the report the raw data for further analysis. This data has been provided to the RWA/SMDA for checking and is being made available for researchers who are interested in peer reviewing this aspect of the Mediate Today report. The data sheet contains some questions that REDWatch would like to clarify that have been raised during the preparation of this data set. REDWatch will now prepare its own comments on the Mediate Today report. File is 43KB PDF
File Housing NSW Baseline Study
This is an electronic copy of the Baseline "Redfern Waterloo Public Housing Tenant Survey" undertaken by Sweeney Research for Housing NSW. The study included 752 interviews with public tenants between 28 June 2010 and 30 November 2010. This report dated 29 April 2011 was publicly released in hard copy by HNSW on 3 August 2011 to the Redfern and Waterloo Community Learning and Research Group. An electronic copy was released on 22 August 2011. This is a searchable 3.3MB PDF.
Lies, damn lies and statistics – and consultation
During the BEP2 consultation the RWA produced a feedback form and Question 4 read: “The highest buildings in Waterloo (Matavai and Turanga) are 30 storeys. The highest buildings in Redfern (Poets Corner) are 17 storeys. Draft BEP 2 proposes heights of 4-12 storeys. Do you have any comments on this?” Reports the October 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Every dog wants a place in the sun as city living becomes an ever-tighter squeeze
Marking their territory … Hunters Hill residents with their dogs at Riverglade Reserve. Park users are worried there is not enough open space to be shared between sporting teams, dog walkers, cyclists and exercise groups reports Eleanor Ainge Roy in the Sydney Morning Herald of 7 November 2011.
SMDA Releases Details of Studies for redfern & Waterloo
The Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority has released the details of the studies proposed for Redfern and Waterloo over the next few months. The statement advises that "The SMDA will progressively advise on its website of the appointment of consultants and welcomes feedback from individuals, organisations and other stakeholders on key issues which they would like considered in the relevant study by the SMDA. This way, SMDA will be able to ensure key issues are considered appropriately and in a timely manner." The full text of the statement is below:
Green star award for Housing development
Housing NSW was recently honoured with the national GreenSmart Residential Development Award for its Redfern East Development despite tenant-identified problems with the project reports Geoff Turnbull in the December 2011 issue of The South Sydney Herald.
Government Architect to Review Redfern-Waterloo Urban Renewal Plans
The Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) announced in this media release of 1 December 2011 that it has engaged the Government Architect’s Office to review draft plans for a major housing revitalisation project in Redfern-Waterloo, providing an additional 3,700 new dwellings. This review is part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment for urban renewal in identified areas close to public transport to provide much-needed dwellings. The full text of the media release is below.
Building on cooked figures
The flaws in the second stage of the Built Environment Plan (BEP2) for the redevelopment of NSW housing sites in Redfern and Waterloo are indicative of a government that has no regard for public housing, according to the NSW upper house MP David Shoebridge writes Jason Marshall in City Hub of 5 January 2012.