TWT Exclusive: Dominello seeks freeze on Ryde High-Rise ‘madness’

Ryde MP and NSW Finance Minister Victor Dominello has announced that he is appealing to the Minister for Planning and the Greater Sydney Commission to freeze high-rise development in Ryde.

“Anyone that is familiar with Ryde knows that overdevelopment is hurting our community” Dominello said.

“The most recent decision by Ryde Council to support a 60 storey tower in Macquarie Park is evidence of this and is sheer madness.”

Ryde’s Local Environment Plan (LEP) sets the rules for assessment of planning proposals across Ryde and has not been updated since 2014.

Victor has appealed to the Planning Minister (Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts) to freeze the approval of any further high density development in the Ryde Council area and immediate surrounds until a proper independent assessment has been undertaken to assess community impact.

Victor is also requesting that the State Government halt the application of the new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code in Ryde until Ryde Council consults with the community and updates its LEP to ensure development is in line with community expectations.

“Our community of Ryde is generous and has continued to shoulder more than its fair share of Sydney’s growing population” Victor added.

“But this growth can only be sustained with adequate investment in critical infrastructure.

“Ryde Council’s support of 60 storeys is evidence that this Council is hopelessly out of touch with community expectations.”