beverley park golf course boundary fence
FEnce DA refused - a win for the community
On Thursday 18th July, 2019 DA2017/0471 appeared before the Georges River Council Local Planning Panel for determination. Over 80 people from the community attended in support of the 6 speakers registered to speak in objection of this proposal. The applicant, Beverley Park Golf Course were absent from the Panel meeting, and instead sent a Planning Consultant they appointed 3 days earlier to attend and speak on their behalf. Watch Council’s Webcast of the Meeting.
The Independent Assessor appointed by Council made a recommendation for refusal in the report prepared for the Local Planning Panel. Following the meeting, the decision of the Local Planning Panel was a determination of refusal. A summary of the reasons for refusal is outlined below:-
No owners consent from Sydney Water (one of 3 land owners)
Insufficient information including no survey plan, no landscape plan, inconsistent reference to number of trees to be removed, impact on flora and fauna, visual analysis, social impacts on local character and amenity
Fence design, location, height and size are visually intrusive. Obscures vistas across golf course from surrounding areas. Will result in loss of public amenity and does not serve to protect and enhance the natural environment
The construction of fences is an invalid reason to remove trees when no potential alternatives have been investigated
The proposal is not in the public interest for the following reasons
as it is a disproportionate response to the safety and security concerns asserted by the applicant
due to the significant trees removal where there are opportunities to avoid the removal of the trees.
the failure to provide adequate information to enable a proper assessment of the application.
Read the full list of reasons in the Minutes of the LPP meeting.
people power stopped the granting of a lease for road reserves
The Beverley Park Residents Action Group presented documentation to Georges River Council on 29th May 2018, showing that where the current coppers-log fence sits around the golf course in many areas is situated on land classified as a public road. Council conducted their own site survey which confirmed that the actual boundary of the golf course is in fact 4-6m inside the current log fence. Council’s Director of Planning has advised that this DA can not be determined until the fence is situated on land controlled by the Golf Club. Council’s Property Team prepared a report for Council recommending a ‘Lease be granted to BPGC for the road reserves’.
After huge lobbying from the community and over 100 residents in attendance at the 26th Nov Council Meeting, the community had a big win with all 13 Councillors, who were in attendance, voting unanimously ‘not to grant a lease for public road reserves’ to Beverley Park Golf Club.
This is a big win, because now the BPGC’s Development Application for a perimeter fence is basically applying to erect a fence on land that is outside the leased land of the Golf Club (ie: the club has no tenure or control over this land, so no right to erect a structure on it).
The community came together to demonstrate ‘People Power’ with over 100 residents in attendance. There were cheers of vocal support from the packed gallery and Councillors were forced to listen to the community’s objections.
26 Nov 2018 Council Meeting Webcast (Go to min39.00 to hear our 3 speeches and the awesome raucous cheers at the end of each from the crowd!!!)
The Beverley Park Golf Club Ltd have submitted DA2017/0471 to Georges River Council to erect a 2.1m high spear-top metal security fence around the perimeter of the Beverley Park Golf Course.
The DA was submitted on 9th Oct 2017 and put on public exhibition on 6th March 2018. The development application that was submitted was deficient of a lot of information. Firstly there was no site survey indicating where the actual boundary of the golf course is and where the proposed fence would be situated. There was no arborists report indicating the health or otherwise of the 156 trees that would need to be cut down and destroyed to make way for the erection of the fence. There was no flora and fauna (ecological) report stating the impact of the removal of so many trees on the native flora and fauna. The Security Risk Assessment report included in the development application failed to mention the increased risk to neighbouring residents and their properties through the increase in golf balls landing in their properties once the tree buffer was removed. The Streetscape Analysis included in the application was incorrect, displaying a fence of 1.4m high, instead of 2.1m high. It also failed to show the streetscape impact on the neighbouring homes and the Heritage Conservation Area. There was no Hazard Assessment included showing the risk to emergency access/egress if flooding occurs once the fence is erected.
When the DA was first put on public exhibition, the residents of Beverley Park met to discuss the DA and formed the Beverley Park Residents Action Group. The Kogarah Bay Progress Association has been in regular contact with this group, providing support and guidance on this issue.