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|About||FOREST IN DANGER needs your help to stop an inappropriate development proposal in progress to rezone more than 28 hectares of heavily forested land adjoining the Cumberland State Forest in West Pennant Hills to allow for 400 apartments and 200 homes.|
FOREST IN DANGER needs your help to stop an inappropriate development proposal in progress to rezone more than 28 hectares of heavily forested land adjoining the Cumberland State Forest in West Pennant Hills to allow for 400 apartments and 200 medium density houses.
The proposed rezoning is to allow apartment dwellings on almost the entire site with no protective environmental zoning for the critically endangered Blue Gum High Forest or endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest.
· Site is over 25 hectares. Total residential component proposed by owner is 23.37 hectares of the 25.86 hectares.
· The Blue Gum High Forest & Sydney Turpentine Forest on the site would only be protected as a "Vegetation Management Area" to "ensure ongoing maintenance".
· Crucially this Forest would have NO ENVIRONMENTAL ZONING PROTECTION.
· While the Environmental Report done for Mirvac refers to 12 hectares being retained in the south portion (ER page 10), the Hills Shire Council report shows the proposal map (THSC page 25) with the southern portion being rezoned R4 High Density Residential. This would presumably be for future development.
· The southern portion contains the old growth remnant Blue Gum High Forest and Sydney Turpentine Forest. The trees in this portion are much older than the ones in the Cumberland State Forest next door as that had previously been cleared many years ago
· Page 43 of The Hills Shire Council Planning Report states the planning proposal identifies that the R4 High Density Residential zoning "would be applied over the apartment precinct and extend to the rear boundary of the site over the existing significant vegetation area". Yet the Priority Precinct does not cover that area.
· Lot sizes will be as small as 86 sq metres !!! Three storey terraces. In bushland!!!
· Traffic flows do not include projected flows for High Density Residential in the rest of Cherrybrook Priority Precinct.
· Hills Shire Council had raised objections