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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.

One of the elements contributing to the project achieving five-star rating for taking “social housing to the next level in meeting sustainability” was the limiting of onsite parking.

Public tenants outside the high-rises need to park on the street so returning tenants thought nothing about parking until Council recently installed two-hour resident parking signs in Morehead Street and tenants discovered they were no longer entitled to parking permits.

In Council’s south, residents of multi-unit developments approved after 1996 are not eligible to participate in the resident permit parking schemes. Council argues this helps to limit the increase in parking demand and traffic from new developments. It is coupled with Council limiting the number of parking places that they approve in new developments.

As the HNSW properties are redeveloped the Morehead Street experience will be repeated, with public tenants being squeezed by loss of street parking access and less available on site. This important interaction was omitted from the transport consultant’s study for BEP2. Hopefully, this will be addressed in the new transport study for the SMDA.

Source: South Sydney Herald December 2011 www.southsydneyherald.com.au