“This is ad hoc development”
The Land and Environment L&E Court has overturned Northern Beaches Council’s refusal of a highly opposed development at 58 Laitoki Road, Terrey Hills.
The development, proposed by Tolucy Pty Ltd, will see the construction of 48 seniors living units and a 90-bed residential aged care facility (RACF) for dementia and respite patients.
The project, which has since undergone several amendments, was initially refused by Council under the direction of the Sydney North Planning Panel following extensive community backlash.
At the L&E Court hearing, Council, as supported by locals, put forward several contentions.
The two prime concerns were the character of the development and the risk increased population could pose to residents in the event of bushfire.
Council highlighted that, if evacuation was to occur, there are only two streets that provide access to Mona Vale Road – one being Cooyong Road, the street adjacent to the proposed development.
In response, Tolucy told the court it would have the RACF building’s level of exposure to bushfire attack at a 12.5 rating. This means the building would be protected from ember attack, making it less likely to be evacuated.
Alongside this, Tim Horton, Commissioner of the L&E Court, found amendments made to the scale of the project, together with the focus placed on landscaping, makes the development appropriate to Terrey Hills.
As such, Commissioner Horton granted consent to the development, with minor conditions.
Diana Pecar, of the Terrey Hills Progress Association, says she is dismayed and frustrated by the process of the court.
“This is ad hoc development,”she tells Peninsula Living.
“That the commissioner allowed them to change everything over and over again until he was ‘satisfied’ is just beggar’s belief.”