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Waterloo Planning Controls Finalised
The Department of Planning have approved the planning controls for Waterloo South following the rezoning exhibition. The details of the rezoning and approved controsl are in the post below. The approval was notified on November 10 2022.
Large Erecting Shop rezoning proposal Exhibition until 24 Nov 2022
The Department of Planning and Environment have a rezoning proposal for the Large Erecting Shop (LES) on exhibition now until 24 November. This exhibition is about changing the planning controls that apply to this site prior to what is proposed to be a State Significant Development Application (SSDA) that will deal with the detailed design. REDWatch only learnt about this exhibition on 4 November evening and it was supposed to end 10th November. REDWatch has not had time to dig into all the documents. Below is a quick guide to the key issues REDWatch is aware of.
Media Release - Paint Shop Precinct - More Key Worker Housing for Redfern
Minister Robert Stokes has announced that Expressions of Interest (EOI) have been called for the redevelopment of the Clothing Store sub-precinct of Redfern North Eveleigh. The redevelopment is to provide build to rent accommodation on a 99 year ground lease with Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) retaining land ownership. The media release of 17 November 2022 is below.
Mirvac, Lendlease, Stockland, Frasers shortlisted for Waterloo South
Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) has announced the short list of four developer consortiums to be considered to redevelop the Waterloo Public Housing Estate. These developers will now submit proposals for the redevelopment next year before the list is reduced to two bidders before a final decision late in 2023.
REDWatch Update on LES Exhibition until 24 November
This update was provided in the REDWatch email update on 15 November 2022 to provide additional information about REDWatch's concerns over the Large Erecting Shop Exhibition.
Green light for Waterloo South Rezoning - Media Release
This media release from Anthony Roberts (Minister for Planning, Minister for Homes) and Natasha Maclaren-Jones (Minister for Families and Communities, Minister for Disability Services) was issued on 11 November 2022 to announce the finalisation of the planning controls for Waterloo South.
ALP 2022 State Conference Resolution on Public Housing
The resolution below was considered by NSW ALP Conference on Sunday 16 October 2022. The motion was strengthened by an amendment from the floor to remove the Words "in principle" from the motion so the final wording was that the motion was supported by the Conference.
Examining LAHC’s claims about the social objectives of estate renewal
As LAHC moves to implementing its decision to redevelop the Waterloo Estate, the social objectives claimed for the redevelopment and what is needed to deliver them becomes a focus. In this paper Dr Alistair Sisson, an academic in the field examines LAHC’s claims about the social objectives of estate renewal.
Submission from a resident of 501 Wilson St on North Eveleigh Paint Shop Proposal
The following submission was prepared by a resident in 501 Wilson Street - the block of units that will be surrounded on three sides by the proposed Paint Shop Precinct development. It focuses on issues impacting that building as well as issues across the proposed development. Please note the disclaimer at the beginning. REDWatch is posting this so that others can access this submission and access some of the issues raised in the submission.
Paint Shop Precinct Heritage Interpretation -
These notes on the Heritage Interpretation for the Paint Shop Sub Precinct have been prepared by Roger Jowett from the RTBU Retired Members Association. They have been prepared to promote debate and discussion about the Heritage in an area which is often neglected. It might provide some ideas for areas you might want to cover in your own submission.
REDWatch email to City of Sydney Councillors
Below is the text of an email sent to City of Sydney Councillors and key staff with suggestions on how Council might be able to assist the community around the Paint Shop Precinct and potential sale.
Public Open Space needs interogation at North Eveleigh
In this post REDWatch interrogates the Paint Shop proposal for public open space using some of the graphics from the proposal and raise some issues to consider in commenting on the public open space aspect of the proposal.
North Eveleigh Paint Shop Sub Precinct – some ideas to consider in responding
Bruce Lay is a Heritage Architect that lives opposite the North Eveleigh site. Below are some issues that he things people should consider in making their submission. REDWatch would welcome suggestions from others who wish to share their expertise with the community.
Simon Newport New Chief Executive of NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC)
Simon Newport was named as the new Chief Executive of LAHC on 9 August 2022. The announcement was made by NSW Department of Planning and Environment Secretary Mick Cassel who up until is appointment of Department Secretary headed the Land and Housing Corporation. The text of the Departmental release is below.
Waterloo South Post Exhibition Report & Proposal Amendments Guide
On 5 August 2022, the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) advised submitters that the department had reviewed all feedback received during the exhibition period. DPE had undertaken some further studies and had made changes to the exhibited plan. Here REDWatch provides a guide to the documents, the changes and the new studies
Heritage Impacts of Masterplan on Paint Shop and Extension
In this section of the site we have provided the details on the heritage significance of the two heritage buildings mostly impacted by the North Eveleigh Planning Proposal. These details are taken from the heritage significance section of the Heritage Interpretation Strategy for the project. We have also used two images from the exhibition materials to show how the proposal impacts on these two important heritage buildings.
Paint Shop Precinct – what the LEP maps tell us
When looking at a planning proposal like North Eveleigh, it is useful to start at the proposed planning controls. This is the place the developer starts in working out what they can do within the rules or where bending them might be possible and hence what they might pay for the site. Below REDWatch has extracted the four maps proposed for the Sydney Local Environment Plan (LEP) and provided some comments.
Lack of Bridge between North and South Eveleigh a major concern
One of the problems REDWatch has experienced in dealing with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is that it wants to divide the precinct around Redfern North Eveleigh up and then refuse to talk about connectivity across the entire site. The Paint Shop Master Plan is another classic in that discussion. The reports say it is still feasible to have a connection between North and South Eveleigh.
Minister's media release on Redfern North Eveleigh Paint Shop Precinct Rezoning until 25 August
This is the text of Minister Stoke's media release regarding the rezoning of the Paint Shop Precinct of Redfern North Eveleigh of 26 July 2022. Links to related sites about the site and the exhibition have been added to the foot of this post.
LAHC Search for renewal partner for Waterloo Estate
Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) issues the following statement in their news section on 7 July 2022 announcing the launch of the EOI process for the redevelopment of Waterloo South and the option to redevelop the rest of the Waterloo Estate. The EOI is inviting interested parties, who must include a developer and a registered Tier 1 Community Housing Provider but may also include non-CHP members such as builders or investors. The tender summary says "LAHC is also seeking excellence in the long-term management of social housing residents and assets, including the provision of wrap around services to residents that improves their social and economic wellbeing. In addition, LAHC is focused on ensuring that the needs and ambitions of the Waterloo Aboriginal community are specifically addressed and advanced through the Waterloo Renewal Project". The tender documents are not assessible to the public and tenants, only to potential tenders under a confidentiality agreement.
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