PLANS are back on the drawing board to bring almost 1000 new homes, a shopping centre, parks and sporting fields to Ingleside.
The scaled down 'Draft Ingleside Place Strategy' comes after initial plans, released in 2016, for more than triple the number of homes (3400, servicing an expected population growth of 9000 people) were shelved. This was due to concerns raised about: traffic, public transport, bushfire safety, conservation of the natural environment, density controls and acquisition of land for environmental conservation purposes.
A bushfire risk study commissioned in 2018 showed the potential of the Ingleside Precinct to be exposed to extreme to catastrophic bushfire risk, as well as concerns about the ability to evacuate the precinct safely in a bushfire event.
On Tuesday, the latest draft plans will be revealed and the plan envisages a population increase of around 3000 people in 980 new homes.
Original plans for a new primary school have been ditched, but a community centre, shopping centre, sporting fields, parks, open spaces and places for biodiversity conservation and water cycle management remain.
The Northern Beaches Review can exclusively reveal there are two distinct sections in the new draft plans.
South side of Mona Vale Road
There is a reduced area for development in direct response to bushfire impact issues, bushfire evacuation capacity and servicing requirements. This area will include 980 additional dwellings in an area of about 180 hectares.
There will be a mix of dwelling types, including:
- Houses on larger lots (1500 square metres and 2 hectares)
- Houses on smaller semi-suburban-scaled lots (450 square metres)
- Low-rise apartments and townhouses (on 225 square metres minimum area lots)
There will be a diversity of housing types within the precinct, including approximately 60 per cent detached dwellings on a mix of regular and larger lots and the balance (40 per cent) low rise apartments or townhouses a diversity of housing, including low-rise apartments and townhouses. Included in the overall housing number will be 100 affordable dwellings.
North side of Mona Vale Road
The northern portion of Ingleside, to the north of Mona Vale Road, is an area that will retain its existing rural-residential character following detailed consideration of a range of bushfire, evacuation, environmental, and servicing constraints that make intensification of development unsuitable.
Social infrastructure needs
A Demographic and Social Infrastructure Assessment has identified that the following community facilities, social services and open space would be required within the precinct once it is fully developed:
- New 400 square metre community centre (excluding any childcare space)
- Two-three playgrounds, including a larger district sized playground of around 500 square metres
- Playing fields up to 3ha
- A need for child care facilities for up to 100 spaces
- Environmental conservation land and creek corridors with a range of opportunities for passive recreation ie. linear parks connecting surrounding open space and bushland, environmental interpretation activities.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said ensuring safety from bushfire and protecting significant biodiversity are at the heart of a renewed vision for Ingleside.
"We've been working closely with Northern Beaches Council, NSW Police, Rural Fire Service and the community to get the planning right for this beautiful part of Sydney," he said.
"We've listened to concerns raised by the Rural Fire Service about bushfires and we've put the safety of residents and homes at the centre of this new plan.
"We want to enable Ingleside to grow while protecting its natural beauty for current and future residents."
Mr Stokes said the plan significantly reduces the maximum number of new homes proposed to 980 and includes creating new safety measures and evacuation plans.
"The right infrastructure is also key to support our planned renewal of the area, with upgraded roads, more parks and sports fields, a neighbourhood centre, water management plans and environmental conservation," he said.
We've listened to concerns raised by the Rural Fire Service about bushfires and we've put the safety of residents and homes at the centre of this new plan.Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes
"This critical infrastructure will require a small number of land acquisitions within the precinct, and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is working with Northern Beaches Council to ensure this is kept to a minimum."
The Strategy said land identified for acquisition in Ingleside is specific to priority infrastructure, including water management and road widening.
The draft Ingleside Precinct Place Strategy will be open for public comment from May 25 until July 6. For more information and to have your say.
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