Save the Bondi Tennis Courts

Save the Bondi Tennis Courts

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After a five year battle, the 70+ year old Wellington St Tennis Courts have been rezoned by the NSW Planning Dept. Bondi has lost 4000m2 of recreational land in favour of more apartments.

Council and it's planners recommended the rezoning be rejected (for the 4th time) and were supported by local MP Gabrielle Upton, along with Tennnis Australia and the Bondi community - over 500 submissions opposed the Rezone in the most recent community consultation process v 44 in support.

No planning argument of any substance has been presented, while a myriad of planning arguments against were provided.

Rob Stokes ...

After a five year battle, the 70+ year old Wellington St Tennis Courts have been rezoned by the NSW Planning Dept. Bondi has lost 4000m2 of recreational land in favour of more apartments.

Council and it's planners recommended the rezoning be rejected (for the 4th time) and were supported by local MP Gabrielle Upton, along with Tennnis Australia and the Bondi community - over 500 submissions opposed the Rezone in the most recent community consultation process v 44 in support.

No planning argument of any substance has been presented, while a myriad of planning arguments against were provided.

Rob Stokes, NSW Planning Minister, has himself criticised the Spot Rezoning process greatly favouring developers and removes planning decisions from the local community.  Yet, despite all of this the NSW Planning dept has done the unthinkable and rezoned the Wellington Street Tennis Courts! 

All is not lost though, in the past the Planning Minister has intervened and rightly returned the decision to Council as it was a "local matter".  We call on the Minister to stand by his word, support the local community, Council and State MP, and reverse this decision. 

 

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Call on Minister Stokes to Reverse the Rezone!

It's critical we show the Planning Minister how wrong this decision is. The Minister has the ability to overturn the decision but we must make it clear ...

It's critical we show the Planning Minister how wrong this decision is. The Minister has the ability to overturn the decision but we must make it clear how much the community does not want this loss of open space.

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Call Rob Stokes office

Rob Stokes office Rob Stokes office NSW Minister for Planning (02) 8574 6707

You are very unlikely to get to speak to Rob Stokes however his staff will note your questions and are obliged to relay the nature of the calls and if you request it to respond to your concerns.

Key Questions/Points

  • Waverley Council recommended you reject the rezone (for the 4th time), the local MP recommended you reject the rezone, the community has written sent over 1,800 objections to the rezone –WHY then did the planning department approve the ...

You are very unlikely to get to speak to Rob Stokes however his staff will note your questions and are obliged to relay the nature of the calls and if you request it to respond to your concerns.

Key Questions/Points

  • Waverley Council recommended you reject the rezone (for the 4th time), the local MP recommended you reject the rezone, the community has written sent over 1,800 objections to the rezone –WHY then did the planning department approve the rezone?
     
  • The only justification given for the loss of recreational space in exchange for medium density residential is that the zoning is now “consistent with the surrounding zoning”. This logic is absurd and cannot apply to recreational zoning.  When can recreational zoning ever be “consistent with the surrounding zoning”?   Access to recreational land amongst high density residential land is exactly what we need. THAT is good planning. 
     
  • Waverley Council can easily meet its housing quota without the need to rezone any land.  In fact, this was given as a reason by the very same NSW Planning Dept for not rezoning the Bronte RSL.  WHY does this not apply to Bondi? Further, there are 205 new apartments being built 600m from the site.
     
  • Independent studies by Council and the developers have confirmed that Waverley Council area suffers from inadequate provision of recreational space, and tennis courts in particular.  It is the most densely populated Council area in the country and has one of the lowest ratios of open space to people.  HOW does rezoning it for more apartments make any sense?
     
  • Why did his Planning Department approve an extremely contentious rezone that used the same Spot Rezoning process the Minister himself has criticised and called for to be reviewed? (SMH article link)
     
  • Waverley Council was in discussions with the NSW Planning Dept about its intention to compulsory acquire the land so that they could apply to rezone it as Public Recreational space. The Planning Dept, by rezoning the land, has just handed the developers a massive profit by exponentially increasing the land value, making acquisition for the benefit of the whole community impossible.

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