27-33 Pembroke Street

27-33 Pembroke Street

DA/754/2017     Epping Public School

Contrary to the aims of Greater Sydney Commission and City of Parramatta Council’s Draft Social Infrastructure Strategy plans to promote the shared use of land and collaboration, this appears to have been overlooked.

DA/754/2017

A Development Application for Epping Public School  was on exhibition 14 September 2017 to 16 October 2017. This included demolition of three buildings, tree removal, removal of one portable building and the construction of a 3-storey building with library, learning rooms and amenities, and alterations and change of use of rooms within the existing heritage building.

You can view the detailed proposal here.

You can view the Assessment Panel papers here.

Make Your Views Known

This DA will now be considered by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 4th April, at Rydalmere Operations Centre, 316 Victoria Rd Rydalmere. You may register to speak (you get 3 minutes) by 10am on Tuesday 3 April by phoning 8217 2060 or emailing enquiry@planningpanels.nsw.gov.au.

If you do not intend to address the meeting you do not need to register to attend - just come along and show your support for the Trust.
The DA also included reducing the teachers’ parking space to 2 disabled car spaces. However, this has been modified and part of the school grounds will be utilized to provide 8 parking spaces. There will be solar panels on the roof. The proposed work is to increasethe number of students from 414 to 736 and the number of teachers will increase from 18 to 32. Members of the Epping Civic Trust and Councillor Bill Tyrrell met with representatives from School Infrastructure NSW and NSW Department of Education including the school’s Principal on 26 October 2017, to discuss using the redevelopment of the school as an opportunity to meet some of Epping’s infrastructure needs. The City of Parramatta Council has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education whereby allowing local communities to utilize school grounds. Issues raised during the meeting included providing basement parking, increasing the capacity of the school to accommodate more than the proposed 736 students to meet Epping’s growing population needs, purchasing land to extend the school and providing additional levels with multipurpose spaces for community use. A Trust member also wrote to the Minister for Education, the Member for Epping and the relevant Greater Sydney Commissions District Commissioner with regards to the mattersdiscussed and the need for more open space/play areas to be provided such as on the roof top, in view of the shortage of open space in Epping.

It was obvious from discussions at the meeting with the Department there is a huge backlog of schools to upgrade, and there are a number of schools competing for the funds available. The Department’s lack of ability to work collaboratively with the community and assist with addressing Epping’s infrastructure needs was evident. This was confirmed in a letter to a Trust member from the Department dated 19 December 2017, which stated:

‘We acknowledge your suggestion that this development should be viewed as a collaborative project taking into account the infrastructure needs of Epping, but our position has not changed and the development application will proceed as a school upgrade.’
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Perspective Views of Proposed School

Although the Greater Sydney Commission’s plans promote the shared use of land and collaboration, as does the City of Parramatta Council’s Draft Social Infrastructure Strategy, it would appear this will not be applied to Epping.