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The council has approved an application by Charter Hall to develop a HomeHQ bulky goods retailing centre on the council's 16,000sq m former work depot site at 1 Frederick Street, on the corner with Reserve Road, in the Artarmon industrial area. The development is approved for alternations and additions plus change of use for bulky goods retailing. It will have 503 car spaces and a courtesy bus to St Leonards running Saturday and Sundays only for the first six months after 75% occupancy. The approval requires Charter Hall fulfilling 103 conditions, including a detailed traffic management plan.

The council has agreed to undertake a program of traffic studies of the Artarmon Industrial Area to determine the impact on the area of developments on the ABC site, the Reserve Rd Works Depot see above) and the Royal North Shore hospital.

A development application has been submitted for 14 Artarmon Rd, Willoughby, the Channel 9 site. The developers are seeking to sub divide the site into three lots.

A development application received from Hyecorp for the construction of a three storey development, comprising seven residential units over basement car parking at 33 Hampden Road has stalled, as the council waits for additional information.

The council is assessing a development application from BMW Australia to build a service centre over four locations in 43 Whiting Street, involving change of use and minor works.

A DA has been submitted for internal modifications to the" residential" commercial property on Level 1 of 78 Hampden Road next to the Commonwealth Bank. It involves the addition of several showers and a bathroom to each of the "service" rooms. There is also a proposed guest bathroom for the customer waiting area.

In response to concerns over the proposal to introduce 'Keep Clear' markings at the intersection of Mowbray Road and Hampden Road, the Corporate & Transport Committee has recommended 'DO NOT QUEUEACROSS INTERSECTION 'line marking be installed on the westbound travel lanes of Mowbray Road at the intersection with Hampden Road, and that a supplementary 'Do Not Queue Across Intersection' sign also be installed.

The Corporate & Transport Committee has recommend no action be taken in response to correspondence from a resident in Cameron Avenue requesting the introduction of a resident permit parking scheme in the street to try and alleviate some of the parking problems associated with commuter 'all day' parkers. Although a survey indicated a high level of support for the introduction of a resident parking scheme in the street, inspection of the street revealed only seven out of 26 properties may be eligible for a permit.

The council has made a submission to the Department of Planning, indicating strong opposition to the reform proposals regarding the transfer of councils' consent powers to a state controlled Joint Regional Planning Panel and Planning Arbitrators who have no accountability to the local community, who have no understanding of local and sub-regional planning objectives and which will result in 'another instance of cost shifting to councils without adequate compensation'.

Courtesy of Gazette May 2008

 

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