More than 420 formal submissions are being reviewed after the exhibition of draft plans for 3,400 new homes at a new environmentally-sustainable suburb in Ingleside.
The submissions, along with other feedback from the community, council and government agencies, will be considered by the Department of Planning and Environment during the finalisation of the plans for Ingleside.
This feedback is assisting us to refine the plan for Ingleside that will be put on public exhibition later this year
About 280 people attended drop-in information sessions, while there were 80 comments on social media and 65 responses to a survey about the draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy.
Executive Director, Infrastructure, Housing and Employment, Brendan O’Brien, said the high level of community engagement in the planning process was valued by the department.
“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process. This feedback is assisting us to refine the plan for Ingleside that will be put on public exhibition later this year,” Mr O’Brien said.
“About 280 members of the community and other stakeholders came to our drop in information sessions and spoke with our planners and council staff about the vision for the area.”
“The strategy for the new community of Ingleside is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to plan for more houses to meet the needs of a growing city.”
As well as the planned 3,400 new homes, the Ingleside precinct will also feature a town centre, neighbourhood centre, a proposed new primary school and other community facilities. Future residents will benefit from upgrades to Mona Vale, Powder Works and Chiltern Roads.
About a third of the land at Ingleside is proposed for conservation, while around a third is proposed for new homes.
Mr O’Brien said issues raised by the community included environmental concerns about bushland and native flora and fauna, managing bushfire risk, transport planning, especially the upgrade of Mona Vale Road, appropriate types of housing, and sustainability.
“Local residents were particularly interested in sensitive urban and building design in the area; plans for upgrades of roads and the protection of the environment including ensuring there is a network wildlife corridors to connect with existing national parks surrounding the precinct.”
The Department will continue to work with the community to ensure the best planning outcomes for the area when the final strategy goes on exhibition later in the year.
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