Spot Rezoning planning proposal refused at NBC Council meeting of the 28th November 2017

The NBC planners recommended to council that the planning proposal be refused for the reason outlined below. A spokesperson for the applicant  spoke at the council meeting endeavouring to have the councillors allow the proposal and a spokesperson for the NRA spoke in support of the recommendation to not allow the proposal. The application was refused.

Summary of Refusal



Northern Beach Council has received a draft planning proposal relevant to 66 Bardo Rd and 2-4 Nooal Sts Newport. The proposal seeks to amend the Pittwater Local Environmental Plan 2014 by adding an additional permitted use to the site to allow for a seniors living development.

We have had a lot of feedback from neighbours and NRA members concerned with this spot rezoning proposal. Should the proposal be allowed the SEPP provisions will apply allowing a greater site coverage of the buildings versus all the neighbours and may establish another precedent within the confines of Newport. Before LEPs were standardised in 2014,  senior housing was permissible on the site (upon approved application). Now the E4 Environmental living zoning does not permit this use. The owners and developers are claiming they did not know of the 2014 change and are seeking redress – but in the NRA’s view that is not now a reason to change as the standardised LEP for this area was introduced for a good reason. The 2014 LEP changes went through an extensive public exhibition process commencing in early 2013. Additionally a number of the precedent examples quoted were actually lodged back in 2003 & 2005, a long time before the introduction of the new LEP.

It is the intention of the NRA to write to council opposing this application. The NRA has also been in contact with a number of Councillors expressing our concern with this application.

Anyone wanting to make a submission may do it on-line (by following the link below) or writing  to council with submissions closing 16th October 2017

Full details of the application can be found at

Refer NRA submission (pdf)