Asset Protection Zones are a “fuel reduced area surrounding a built asset or structure”. They are important because in addition to managing risk for development on bush fire prone land, they can also significantly reduce (or increase) the cost of construction. In some cases, a reduced APZ can be managed through higher performance standards, though this adds to building costs.
In mid-2015, the then owner of 11-17 Mosbri Crescent began discussions with Newcastle City Council about the rezoning of the site of their Newcastle television studios. The Local Planning Strategy (2015) estimates that approximately 39 extra dwellings will be needed in The Hill by 2031 (p. 153). The LPS also…
The Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) in Arcadia Park has been registered in the NSW State Government’s BioNet Database. Thanks to Elaine for the beautiful picture and for registering this magnificent creature.
Open Newcastle held its first public rally yesterday (April 13, 2019) in Mosbri Crescent, The Hill yesterday to air concerns about a proposed development on the old NBN Television Studio site. Open Newcastle convenors were really appreciative of those who took the time to attend yesterday’s protest meeting in Mosbri Crescent and air their concerns. There were around 100 people joining us to hear about how we ended up with a proposal for 172 dwellings and a nine storey tower, what the impacts will be on surrounding areas, and what we can do about it.
Here are some photos from the event. We arranged some helium balloons on strings that would replicate the heights of the respective buildings associated with the proposed development. The photos demonstrate how massive the scale of the proposed buildings would be in relation to the surrounds. In particular, Building B (the tower) will dwarf the Newcastle East Public School and block views of the city from Wolfe Street. Thanks to George for the excellent camera work.
A nine-storey (172 dwelling) development on the old NBN television studios at 11-17 Mosbri Crescent, the Hill threatens our beautiful Arcadia Park, the adjacent heritage conservation zone, and our neighbourhood. On Saturday 13 April 2019, residents of The Hill and concerned friends will meet to discuss the Crescent Newcastle proposal for the site, and the risks the development presents.