Mayor disappointed by bowling club decision

Published on 24 November 2014

Mayor disappointed by bowling club decision
The Mayor of Botany Bay, Ben Keneally, has expressed his disappointment at the decision made by the Joint Regional Planning Panel on the proposed development at 15-19 Edgehill Ave, Botany.

On the evening of Thursday 20th the Panel approved the development of the former South Sydney Junior’s Bowling Club on Edgehill Ave by three votes to two, with Council’s representatives, including the Mayor, voting against the approval.

In delivering the decision, the Panel Chair said that the majority found that the proposal complied numerically with the key Local Environment Plan (LEP) controls on height and density, and therefore they had no alternative but to approve the development.

In response, the Mayor said “the bonus provisions for height and density should be read in the context of the planning objectives stated in the control; and the development clearly fails to respect the future desired character of the precinct.” 

The majority noted that Council had resolved to remove the bonus provisions that allow extra height and density on larger sites but that the Department of Planning had not permitted Council to exhibit its proposal to delete the bonus provisions.

The Panel was unanimous that the proposal was not appropriate for the site and urged the Department of Planning to allow the LEP amendment to be exhibited as soon as possible to prevent similar circumstances happening again

“While I am disappointed by the final decision, I am heartened that the other members of the Panel agree with Council that the bonus provision should be changed”, Mr Keneally said.

"We will also be seeking legal advice on the options available to Council to ensure more appropriate development for this site.