New South Wales
I am writing a submission to oppose of Blue Sky Private Real Estates
plan on student housing accommodation at 14-18 Doncaster Avenue,
Kensington. As we are the closest neighbours to this development, we
are the mostly affected stake-holder in this proposal. We have written
this submission from our personal view, on how we will personally be
1. PRIVACY: The close proximity of the proposed building is a complete
disregard to the privacy of our home. Our home at 20 Doncaster Avenue
Kensington is built with single sided windows only - these will be
facing the 276 rooms, 3 storey proposed student housing. I can see in
the plan, there will be at least 12 window openings on all 3 levels
(that is 36 windows looking directly into my property). We are a small
family of 4 - with 2 young school age children - this poses a major
concern of privacy.
2. SHADOWING: My home is built with single sided windows only. The
only natural light we receive is via these windows. With the proposed
development, the three levels and the very close proximity (4.1
metres), there is not enough distance to preserve our privacy and
receive natural sunlight. Looking at the shadowing reports, the
diagrams provided - I am shocked to see what my home will become. The
report shows that we will receive NO natural light at all during the
Winter Months. There is even a diagram that showcases we will receive
1% of sunlight in the morning to the rear of our courtyard - the light
wont even hit onto our physical home!
I would also like to point out that there was another proposed
building development that was submitted some time ago DA-931/2015 -
their plans provided more distance between our boundary to their
actual building (7.5 metres compared to the 4 metres drawn here)-
although shadowing still posed a concern, at the very least we got to
see more light to our property.
Further to this, with the light rail stabling yard construction to the
rear of our property - when they built the huge 10 metre concrete grey
wall behind us - that too has consumed our natural light.
3. MAIN CAR PARK ENTRANCE: The proposed main car park entrance is
within close proximity to my home. The noise levels will be excessive.
I think we all know that students will be entering to and from the
accommodation during ALL HOURS of the day.
A previous building development DA-931/2015 that was submitted some
time ago considered that cars entering to and from the accommodation
would be noisy so in their proposal, the car park entrance was moved
closer to the Alison Road end of the site as they said that there were
NO residents on that end will be impacted
The proposed driveway is also placed directly opposite to Carlton
Street. Doncaster Avenue traffic has increased tremendously since the
light rail construction. It is often congested. I would imagine
students aiming to cross Doncaster Avenue (that is 2 car lanes, with
traffic going both directions and 2 bike lanes) in their cars directly
from Carlton Street into the proposed driveway. This is clearly risky
4. DAMAGES, GROUND DISTURBANCE AND SHIFTING OF FOOTINGS: Doncaster
Avenue properties are built on sand and the water table is close to
the surface. During the construction phase there will no doubt be a
requirement to pump out water from beneath the properties due to the
level of the water table. I have witnessed this occurring prior to
building on Ascot Street and Doncaster Avenue. It is a lengthy noisy
process that runs 24 hours a day.
If the ground shifts due to the construction of either the light rail
stabling yard or the development at 4 - 18, how will residents be able
to determine who is responsible for the ground shift and what recourse
will the rate payers of Doncaster Avenue have to get the problem
5. BASEMENT PARKING: The basement boundary indicates an extremely
close proximity to our property. The construction will be damaging to
the foundations and the physical aspect to our property as this
evidently happened during the digging from the light rail
construction. During the light rail construction, our property has
suffered from sloping, movement in pavements, rear fence collapsing,
cracks in the wall and ceiling - we even had our bathroom ceiling fan
dislodged because of the cracks - by digging so close to our property
to facilitate the basement car park. THERE WILL BE MORE DAMAGES!
6. PARKING: The proposal will provide to approximately 280 rooms
across 3 storeys and offer only 56 car spaces. I do not think that
this is reasonable to facilitate 276 students PLUS THEIR FRIENDS THAT
WILL VISIT. I assume they will then occupy the limited car spaces we
have on Doncaster Avenue and the surrounding streets.
I would also like to point out that with another council development
The Cycle Way on Doncaster, this will result in further car spots
being removed. Where will the existing residents park? How will this
proposal and council ensure that car spaces for existing
residents/rate payers on Doncaster Avenue will be kept available?
Further to this, we are concerned with how the residents that reside
in the rehabilitation home 28-30 Doncaster will cope with the forecast
of limited parking. Our observations are that their vehicles and
patients require more room and easy access to and from their home.
With the new cycleway and student housing, limited parking for them
and their helpers - they will be affected.
7. TREE REMOVAL: I can see that there will be several trees removed as
a result of this development. Overall, Kensington and Randwick has
lost countless mature trees in the past 24 months. Some heritage and
ignored by the NSW State Government when residents enquired about them
-as a result of the light rail construction. I ask of the development
to be mindful and considerate of the environment and its surrounding
habitat - it would be yet another disappointment to the residents
8. ABORIGINAL ARTIFACT CONTAINMENT AREA: I am not sure how the
development can work this `heritage' tastefully into the proposal. How
are the students who are temporary residents going to protect and
preserve rare Aboriginal Artifacts?
9. DEVALUATION OF OUR PROPERTY: With all the problems associated with
Student Housing in general, we are concerned how this will
significantly reduce the value of our family home that we have worked
so hard to achieve.
9. ANTICIPATED NOISE: Given that it is student accommodation in a
residential area, there will be anticipated high levels of noise. We
are concerned about the 24-hour car and foot traffic in and out of the
building; we are concerned with student parties especially with the
offering of external communal areas. The MAIN ACCESS to the to
building is also proposed to be closer to our home at 20 Doncaster -
we imagine the noise to be continuous and at all hours.
I would also like to comment that 2 `engagement consultants' from the
development visited my home to inform me of the proposal. When I
raised my initial concerns, they said, `they are students and will be
studying and will not be making any noise'. I take offence to this as
this is my wellbeing, my family's well being, that is impacted here
and ask that Blue Sky reconsider their student-housing proposal.