Pathways Residences, please do not build seniors units on our playfields at Lane Cove

Pathways Residences, please do not build seniors units on our playfields at Lane Cove

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We do not believe that Mr. Montgomery is a suitable Indepedent Assessor for the following reasons.

  • He is part of the Lane Cove Planning Panel, and does not have an armslength sepearation with the Lane Cove Council, whch has a pecunary interest of $32M in this proposal as it is the lessor of the land.
  • The full extent of his relationship, pecuniary and/or othrwise is not declared. While this may be reasonable for matter where Lane Cove Council (LCC) has no pecuniary insterest, we believe it is unacceptable in this context where LCC has a $32M interest.
  • His recommendation has previously been effectively rejected on 3 occassions. 
  1. By the SNPP in July 2018 when it deferred it determination on the DA requesting changes and further assessments required to make a well informed determination, despite Montgomery recommending the DA approval.
  2. By Planning NSW in May 2020, when its Site Compatibility Certificate assessment recomended a height compatibility clause which deemed the DA rejected.
  3. By the SNPP again in May 2020, when it issued a Site Compatibility Certificate imposing a height compability clause which rejected the DA.

The quality of his assessment may be questioned in many aspects, as recorded as reasons for deferral by the SNPP, when rejecting his recommendation in July 2018, such as,

  • Recommending approval without a sound basis and adequate information,
  1. Without a detailed site investigation under SEPP 55 remediation of the land to demonstrate that the site is suitable for residential development.(point 1 of “reasons for deferral”)
  2. Without an assessment of the ecological impact to ensure that the development does not impact E2 zone. (point 3 of “reasons for deferral”)
  3. Without assessment of visual impact to golf course and Richardson st w. (point 4 of “reasons for deferral”)
  • Incomplete/incorrect analysis of the FSR which did not comply with SEPP 2004 Housing for Seniors (point 6 of section “reasons for deferral”).

We believe he has not given due consideration to the community's concerns and issues by ignoring requests or responding in a unhelpful manner. 

We ask for a new independent assessor to be appointed who has a clear arms length separation, and with no relationship whatsoever with Lane Cove Council. This will give us confidence in the quality of the assessment.

We do not believe that Mr. Montgomery is a suitable Indepedent Assessor for the following reasons.

  • He is part of the Lane Cove Planning Panel, and does not have an armslength sepearation with the Lane Cove Council, whch has a pecunary interest of $32M in this proposal as it is the lessor of the land.
  • The full extent of his relationship, pecuniary and/or othrwise is not declared. While this may be reasonable for matter where Lane Cove Council (LCC) has no pecuniary insterest, we believe it is unacceptable in this context where LCC has a $32M interest.
  • His recommendation has previously been effectively rejected on 3 occassions. 
  1. By the SNPP in July 2018 when it deferred it determination on the DA requesting changes and further assessments required to make a well informed determination, despite Montgomery recommending the DA approval.
  2. By Planning NSW in May 2020, when its Site Compatibility Certificate assessment recomended a height compatibility clause which deemed the DA rejected.
  3. By the SNPP again in May 2020, when it issued a Site Compatibility Certificate imposing a height compability clause which rejected the DA.

The quality of his assessment may be questioned in many aspects, as recorded as reasons for deferral by the SNPP, when rejecting his recommendation in July 2018, such as,

  • Recommending approval without a sound basis and adequate information,
  1. Without a detailed site investigation under SEPP 55 remediation of the land to demonstrate that the site is suitable for residential development.(point 1 of “reasons for deferral”)
  2. Without an assessment of the ecological impact to ensure that the development does not impact E2 zone. (point 3 of “reasons for deferral”)
  3. Without assessment of visual impact to golf course and Richardson st w. (point 4 of “reasons for deferral”)
  • Incomplete/incorrect analysis of the FSR which did not comply with SEPP 2004 Housing for Seniors (point 6 of section “reasons for deferral”).

We believe he has not given due consideration to the community's concerns and issues by ignoring requests or responding in a unhelpful manner. 

We ask for a new independent assessor to be appointed who has a clear arms length separation, and with no relationship whatsoever with Lane Cove Council. This will give us confidence in the quality of the assessment.

Objection to Independent Assessor appointment

Sydney North Planning Panel, Andrew Zbik Mayor LCC, Manager LCC,

we, the undersigned ask, that a new independent assessor, who has no dealings with the Lane Cove Council to be appointed to assess the s4.55(2) Modification of Consent for DA117/17 - 266 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove. This will give us confidence in the quality of the assessment, and ensure that there is no conflict of interest.