Feasibility of Ingleside plans questioned



Northern Beaches Council recently voted to reject the draft Ingleside Place Strategy, raising several issues it says should be considered by the NSW Government.

Continued bushfire risk, lack of transport and traffic planning, and significant impacts on biodiversity were some of the concerns raised by Council.

“The bushfire report clearly rules out development north of Mona Vale Road – we have to put safety first,” Northern Beaches Mayor, Michael Regan said.

“However, we have a proposal for only 980 dwellings which will require a huge infrastructure investment.

“This will result in a very high development contribution rate for each dwelling and potentially become a financial burden on Council and our ratepayers.”

Council’s submission lists the following key areas of concern: emergency bushfire evacuation; sustainability and resilience; water cycle management and flooding; biodiversity and wetlands protection; Aboriginal heritage; and the provision and funding of suitable infrastructure capacity.

David Shilovsky, Intern, Peninsula Living Magazine

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