Addendum from Hunters Hill Trust – and last call for Submissions

Hi Everyone,

Please find attached to an addendum to the submission made by The Hunters Hill Trust, identifying additional non-compliance.
Tomorrow is the last day for public submissions, so please take a few minutes before tomorrow night to send yours, if you haven’t already.
If it’s quicker and easier for you, feel free to copy and personalise the sample, which is also attached.

You can email your submission to:,

The list of Councillors, in case you’d like to copy them on your submission, is;

The Hunters Hill Trust has made its submission regarding GSV – a great read!

Hi everyone,

The Hunters Hill Trust has made its submission on the GSV Development.


It is an excellent submission which applies a professional standard of evaluation of the design, its impact on the community, and the performance of the Council. Please take a few minutes to read it. The Summary and selected extracts are shown below.

Remember to make your own submission, the more – the better. A short submission with a bullet-point list of your specific concerns is perfectly valid. We can’t all write submissions like attached, but we all have a right to be heard and to have our views taken into consideration – make a submission before the window closes on 15 November.

More info at


The Hunters Hill Trust is opposed to the proposal from Gladesville Shopping Village Developments Pty Ltd for the redevelopment of the Gladesville Shopping Village (GSV) for the following reasons:


1.It is an overdevelopment of the site.

2.The revised DCP, which sets the planning controls, is flawed and misleading.

3.It will have an adverse impact on the character and amenity of the surrounding residential and commercial areas.

4.It will exacerbate existing parking and traffic problems.

5.It creates a poorly designed gated community physically separated from the rest of the area and fails to provide a safe and healthy environment for its occupants.

6.It involves the demolition of a building of considerable heritage significance, which was on land previously owned by Council.

7.The proposed GSVD redevelopment is a cheap and very ordinary proposition that is driven by commercial profit and pragmatism.

8.The Council, as a stakeholder in the proposal, has failed to properly represent the community by taking a leadership role in its development.


[From Section 7 – A cheap and very ordinary proposal]

The proposed GSV redevelopment is at base a cheap and very ordinary proposition that is driven by commercial profit and pragmatism rather than the aim of creating a fine public place with well-designed and properly integrated private housing, car parking and retail facilities. It does not aspire to excellence.


[From Section 8 – Council has failed to properly represent the community’s interest]

As a result of Council’s ineptitude the community has lost out. Profit and pragmatism have prevailed over the community interest.

Open letter to HHC 8th November 2013

8 November 2013

To: Mayor Richard Quinn, Clr and Deputy Mayor Meredith Sheil,Clr Justine McLaughin, Clr Zac Miles, Clr Peter Astridge, Clr Mark Bennett, Clr Gary Bird

Re: DCP for Gladesville Village Centre

We believe there is a clear call from the Community for our Council to protect the long-term interests of the residents and others with interest in this municipality.

The expectation that our Council should safeguard against poor quality development goes beyond the treatment of DA 2013-1036 for the redevelopment of Gladesville Shoppping Village (lodged in June 2013), and extends to the planning instruments under the control of Council. Specifically, we believe Council can do more to safeguard the quality of design that could be approved for this site, by improving the Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Gladesville Village Centre.

Amongst other impacts, the 2013 DCP removed the requirement for setbacks to Cowell and Flagstaff Streets, previously required under the 2010 DCP to be 5 metres with landscaping requirements, and reduced the parking requirement expressed as spaces per sqm of retail floor area. The writing of option instruments that subject our Council to the will of a developer, enabling the developer to acquire and demolish 10 Cowell St, is highly controversial. Given Council’s financial interest being linked to the commercial viability of this development, such actions must be viewed with concern, as the actions are contrary to the Objectives of the DCP and LEP, and the commitment to Heritage, which is often expressed. Actions are what count, and the adoption of any given DCP is an action of significant consequence in the planning and approval process.

Accordingly, we ask that Concillors i) take immediate action to urgently adopt a DCP for the Gladesville Village Centre which restores the superior requirements of the 2010 DCP, removing any validity that the 2013 DCP (adopted AFTER the lodgement of this DA) may have in assessment for DA 2013-1036.

Further, we call for Councillors to ii) task Architectus with improving the DCP, as was undertaken in respect of Hunters Hill Village. Ensuring quality of design and satisfaction of the Objectives of the DCP and the LEP should not be left to the subjective judgement of the Consent Authority of the day, but should be enshrined in planning instruments that codify and explicitly require that the quality of design that this site should attract, are achieved. The preservation of Number 10 Cowell St is clearly an issue which receives great public support, and must be addressed adequately by Council given the previous failure to accept recommendation for Heritage Listing, or to formally refuse.

It is imperative that, at this time when the State Government is seeking to reduce the power of Local Governments in Planning, Hunters Hill Council demonstrates its relevance and value to the local Community.


Russell Young (                   Richard Li (GSV Action Group)

Reminder about tonight’s GSV meeting, 10 Cowell St ‘Timber cottage’, and Councillor Gary Bird

Hi Everyone,

Architectus Meeting
We hope to see you tonight at Council Chambers from 7pm for the meeting with Architectus.
This should be a useful meeting, to evaluate whether Council staff have done enough in preceding years to manage the Conflict of Interest that the Council has in the GSV development.
Even though the Relevant Consent Authority for this DA will be the State Government appointed Joint Regional Planning Panel, the Development Control Plans against which the DA will be evaluated were written by Hunters Hill Council over preceding years. It’s important for us to understand exactly what role Architectus are playing in this process, to see whether Council’s conflict of interest has been managed EFFECTIVELY.
The details of tonight’s meeting are available at the bottom of this page.
10 Cowell Street – the Timber Cottage
It has surprised many people that the cottage was not Heritage Listed. A local resident who has researched this issue extensively has provided with the timeline posted on this page, which makes for interesting reading.
Councillor Gary Bird
Councillor Bird provided this formal declaration of his Conflict of Interest, and the consequences.
I have formally declared a Conflict of Interest in the DA2013-1036 Gladesville Shopping Centre.
I will continue to attend information evenings, formal and informal council briefings. However I will not be taking part in any debate or decision making forum regarding this development application. I will remove myself from such interactions with councillors and council staff, and I will make all reasonable efforts to refrain from using my position as a councillor to influence community opinion in relation to this matter.
I do not agree with this situation.  I was elected by the community to represent them in such matters and have been advised that I can no longer fulfil this duty.  I cannot describe my anger and disappointment.

Submissions to Council – IMPORTANT

Hi Everyone,

The way to participate in the Planning Approval process is to make a Submission to Council. These can be accepted until 15 November 2013. Please do it now. Don’t wait. Don’t miss this opportunity to be heard. If you think of something additional that you would like to say after your first submission, you can make subsequent submissions.

More information is available at

Please find attached a sample which you might find useful if you would like to make a submission. This can easily be modified to capture your personal message, or you may prefer to write your own submission from scratch.

Sample Submission 20131027

Council Submissions by Judi Partland (Principal of Gladesville Primary School) and Cathy Merchant (President of the Ryde – Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society) are both available on the website now, and more examples will be posted soon.

Please note below, the Council instructions for making submissions.
Any submission made on this proposal should be addressed to the General Manager, and must be typed or clearly and legibly handwritten in ink, quoting the Development Application number (2013-1036) and including a daytime contact telephone number and where possible, an email contact address. All submission(s) become public documents and may be viewed or copied upon request by any person.

Gladesville Shopping Village exhibition extended, new information meeting, and more

Hi Everyone,

The exhibition period has been extended by Council and will now end on 15 November. We all need to make our Submissions to Council by this date, in order to be heard. Also, you are usually not permitted to make a Presentation to the Meeting of the Joint Regional Planning Panel (if you decide later that you want do so) before they accept or reject this development, unless you’ve made a Submission to Council during the exhibition period.
GladesvilleCommunity will be publishing some example submissions which have been made by members and supporters, which may help you if you’re not sure how to write your own. The will be available soon.
There will also be in information meeting held by Architectus, the firm engaged by Council to assess the development application, as a result of Council’s conflict of interest in this development. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 November at Council chambers, more details are on the Council website or at
We have also posted a number of Presentations to Council from Monday 14 October, made by members and supporters of this group, on the website, and other updates.
Please keep an eye on the website. Updates are now listed at the bottom of the front page, so you can easily ensure that you’re up-to-date.

GSV Traffic and Parking meeting – RSL Club Wed 16th Oct at 7pm

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder about the Traffic and Parking information meeting which will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at the Gladesville RSL Club, at 7pm.
The meeting was originally scheduled to start earlier, but the start time was pushed back at the request of the public. This announcement on the Hunters Hill Council website was updated with the revised start time.
With all the development planned for both the Ryde and Hunters Hill Municipalities’ sides of Victoria Road, getting to and from Gladesville and parking in the area may become significantly more challenging in years to come. This could impact residents, shoppers, parents of school-children, diners at restaurants, and the businesses which rely on adequate parking for their customers.
Come along and hear what the developer has to say, and have your say!

Gladesville Precinct Forum – 7pm on Wed 9th – Discuss the proposed redevelopment

Hi Everyone,

It’s less than 48 hours until the Gladesville Precinct Forum, your opportunity to find out more about this proposed redevelopment of the Gladesville Shopping Village, and have your say.
It’ll be a great opportunity to meet other people who are interested in this development.
Please come to the Gladesville Library Meeting Room (entry off Pittwater Road car park) at 7pm this Wednesday night.
RSVP can be made to Hunters Hill Council on 9879 9400, on Tuesday.
Tell your neighbours, tell your friends. We hope you see you there tomorrow night!