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St Leonards South Precinct

Update: Mayor of Lane Cove comments on Independent Planning Commission's advice relating to St Leonards South Precinct design.

The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) yesterday handed down its advice in relation to the St Leonards South Precinct plan, which is designed to enable the delivery of 35 percent of the dwellings proposed in the state government's St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan.

The future design of the St Leonards South precinct has been under consideration since 2012.  

The design which was referred by the Department of Planning to the IPC in 2018, was developed in consultation with the community, NSW Department of Planning and relevant government authorities over a six year period.

The NSW Department of Planning commenced its planning for the area in 2015 which culminated in the 2018 Draft St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan, which includes the current design for the St Leonards South Precinct.

Mayor of Lane Cove Pam Palmer said "Council deferred further consideration of the area in March 2018 until feedback from the Department could be taken on board before any final decision was made."  

"The whole process has been consultative and collaborative, and we wanted to ensure all information was available before making any decision on this important precinct," Cr Palmer said. 

"Detailed and considered planning went into creating this plan along with extensive community consultation to ensure increased open space, and high levels of residential amenity and liveability.

"We accept the Independent Planning Commission has raised concerns with the proposed design.

"It's our understanding this advice will now go forward to Minister Stokes for consideration in the finalisation of the state government's St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan.

"The Commission seemed particularly concerned about the lack of open space in St Leonards South despite it exceeding the Department of Planning's Guidelines and delivering 1.6ha of new open space which is 73 percent of all new open space in the Draft St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan.

"Clearly there is a difference of opinion between the Department of Planning and the IPC which Minister Stokes will need to address," Cr Palmer added.