MERITON OWNER HARRY TRIGUBOFF SUES PREMIER AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OVER DEVELOPMENT DELAY

 

A little while back we shared with you that Harry had begun demolishing his 112 Talavera Road Macquarie Park Site …

NOW Harry’s Meriton has filed a summons in the NSW Land and Environment Court against the Premier, Planning Minister Anthony Roberts, Planning Department Secretary Carolyn McNally and the Greater Sydney Commission! 

THIS Talavera Road site will have 3 X 42 STOREY TOWERS and 1 X 13 STOREY tower for which Meriton alleges the community is to gain $78M of roads, parks and sporting facilities …  but isn’t this for these apartment owners? 

And a mere 27 affordable housing units for essential workers …  Harry says:

“Why shouldn’t a young family be able to live closer to the city, next to hospitals, universities, train stations and shopping centres?  

Except Harry … from your many quotes:

-“I will bring in more migrants

-“The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.

MERITON Developments are marketed to the “foreign buyer market” particularly from China …

And as reported here the North Ryde, Macquarie Park and extended community are fed up with OVERDEVELOPMENT!

MACQUARIE PARK DEVELOPMENT DRIVE ‘UNFAIR’ ON RESIDENTS

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Meriton owner Harry Triguboff sues Premier and government agencies over development delay

14 MARCH 2019

 

Australia’s richest property developer, Harry Triguboff, has dropped an election-eve bombshell by suing the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and other government agencies as he bids to get a controversial development in Sydney’s north approved.

 

The Times can exclusively reveal the 83-year-old’s development company, Meriton, has filed a summons in the NSW Land and Environment Court against the Premier, Planning Minister Anthony Roberts, Planning Department Secretary Carolyn McNally and the Greater Sydney Commission.

It relates to Meriton’s stalled plans for high-rise development at 112 Talavera Rd, Macquarie Park, and comes after the commission released a report last week which called for a planning freeze in Ryde for the next year — in the midst of a cooling market.

Harry Triguboff.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

 

“Meriton’s proposal has already been approved by the government’s bodies,” Mr Triguboff said.

“It has been recognised as being entirely consistent with all of the government’s publicly stated planning strategies and policies.

“Those policies should not suddenly change because the seat of Ryde is in contention at the upcoming election. They can’t move the goalposts like that.

“These developments take years to plan and build. The whole industry needs some certainty that the rules at the start of the process are going to be the same at the end.”

Meriton’s proposal for 112 Talavera Road was lodged in May 2017 and had already been endorsed by the Department of Planning on behalf of the commission.

Ryde Council took a stand against the proposal in early December, despite Meriton scaling down the building height from 63 storeys to 42.

Meriton’s revised Macquarie Park proposal which includes three 42-storey towers, down from the original plan of 63 storeys at 112 Talavera Road.

 

It came before the Premier secured the Planning Legislation Amendment (Greater Sydney Commission) Act 2018 last October, which introduced the concept of an “assurance report” for the first time.

Ms Berejiklian was accused of staging a “political fix” to get Ryde Liberal MP Victor Dominello re-elected after last week’s secret release of the report.

“The Premier has used the Greater Sydney Commission as a political football with this review, which is a damning report into the government’s approach to planning in Ryde,” Labor’s Planning spokeswoman Tania Mihailuk said.

“This was a review on the mandatory housing targets set by the commission. So the commission has basically investigated itself and didn’t bother to tell the taxpayers, who paid for the review, about its findings after consulting with them.

“It’s a political fix by the Premier to help her mate (Mr Dominello) get re-elected.”

Anti-development stance: State MP for Ryde and Minister for Finance Victor Dominello at the site of the proposed Meriton development late last year.

 

Mr Triguboff said there were “$78 million worth of community benefits wrapped up in this deal” for the Talavera Rd development, including 27 affordable housing units “so that essential workers can live in the area, cash for roads, parks and sporting facilities”.

“The fact is that this is the right development in a significant area for NSW, the gateway to the northwest,” the property baron, who is worth an estimated $12.77 billion, said.

“Why shouldn’t a young family be able to live closer to the city, next to hospitals, universities, train stations and shopping centres?

“Following public exhibition there were some 380 objections to the original proposal of up to 63 storeys, so Meriton amended its proposal and reduced the height to 42 storeys.

“What has now been submitted is much better than the one we’re already allowed to build.”

The Premier, Mr Roberts, Ms McNally and commission have been contacted for comment.

 

SOURCE:  https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/northern-district-times/meriton-owner-harry-triguboff-sues-premier-and-government-agencies-over-development-delay/news-story/7261a030ce052a46124e151f09c1df0b

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