Protect Ryde

On 6 April 2018, NSW Liberal planning Minster the Hon. Anthony Roberts announced a new housing code which will apply to the City of Ryde.

Starting 6 July 2018, these changes will allow for even more over-development in our City. They allow for increased medium density uses in low density zones, and they are against the wishes of our community and the Council who voted unanimously to oppose these changes in December 2016.

Ryde has taken its fair share of development over the years, and up until recently, our low density middle was off limits. Now the State Government are opening up the entire city to over-development. 

The Key points are: 

 The Liberal State Government have targeted at least 9 local government areas with these changes, including the City of Ryde

 They have changed definitions, which will allow terrace housing and blocks of flats (known as Manor homes) in low density zones effective July 6 this year!

 Duplex lots will go from a 20m frontage minimum to a 12m frontage minimum. That’s 14464 potential duplex sites in Ryde and a potential for 32,000 new residents almost immediately. 

 Blocks of flats (manor homes) will be able to be built on 600sqm lots with 15m frontage. Manor homes are currently prohibited in Ryde’s low density zones. 

 Terrace housing can be build on lots of 900sqm and 18m frontage. Terrace housing is currently prohibited in Ryde’s low density zones. 

 Our 2016 submission to the Government against these changes, were totally ignored. 


To: The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Member for Lane Cove, Minister for Planning

CC: The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Member for Ryde, Minister for Finance, Services and Property

Dear Mr Roberts and Mr Dominello,

I believe that your latest over-development attack on Ryde has gone too far. Ryde has been a target for your Government for too long. Firstly, 13,000 units along Epping Road and now you have made changes so that even our low density suburbs can be targeted by developers.

Our schools are already overcrowded. Our roads are already clogged and hospitals have long waiting lists. Enough.

I demand that you do not proceed with changes that are due to take effect on 6 July 2018. 

Ryde does not want rows of terrace housing in our quiet neighbourhoods.

Ryde does not want blocks of flats (Manor homes) in our cul-de-sacs or opposite our schools.

We do not want a minimum 12-metre frontage for duplexes across the City.

We will not stand for these changes and demand an immediate reversal of your plans. If they proceed, they will destroy what makes Ryde great.

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Elaine Mclaughlin
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Danielle Wilcock
Llieda Wild
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  • guy williamson
    signed 2018-05-05 14:02:12 +1000
  • John Fryer
    signed 2018-05-04 23:53:37 +1000
  • Russell Gabbe
    signed 2018-05-04 12:46:23 +1000
    Where is the impact assessment for such a major change to our residential environment.

    What additional community facilities are required, traffic assessment, additional open space as front and back yards disappear?

    Another premature shoot from the hip reaction by this government!
  • Joanne Spangaro
    signed 2018-05-04 12:26:08 +1000
    Jo Spangaro – there remains a need for appropriate zoning of high density living to ensure recognition of differing types of neighbourhoods and their needs. This makes no sense.
  • John Boyle
    signed 2018-05-04 12:13:16 +1000
    The Berejiklian government must learn to consult with the community not just try to impose their unwanted policies from above. Furthermore. this is a much despised policy. Gladys grew up in Ryde and, apparently, she is now wanting to destroy the amenity and the special family home and garden character, that Ryde has long been renown for. Shame!
  • Pia Tozzi
    signed via 2018-05-04 11:09:43 +1000
    We are witnessing the destruction of Sydney, overdeveloping by absolute greedy developers it’s making our suburbs concrete jungles, all these beautiful old gardens with magnificent trees and all the wildlife that comes with it are being replaced by ugly cheap concrete structures.
  • Judy Petersen
    signed 2018-05-04 10:51:51 +1000
    Keep up the good work.
  • Pamela Reeves
    signed 2018-05-04 09:04:35 +1000
  • Amarinder Bajwa
    signed 2018-05-04 08:32:26 +1000
  • Shahriar Mahfoozi
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-04 08:07:37 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect Ryde
  • Shahriar Mahfoozi
    signed 2018-05-04 08:06:57 +1000
  • Ken Bullock
    signed 2018-05-03 22:41:31 +1000
    I am a long-time Eastwood resident and this is pretty much the last straw for me. The State government may as well drop all of their ‘spin’ and tell the truth – it has handed Ryde over to property developers to do with what they like. Pathetic.
  • Bassam Batshon
    signed 2018-05-03 22:33:19 +1000
  • Margaret Lowe
    signed 2018-05-03 20:46:41 +1000
    Traffic congestion is already a major concern in this area. The facilities need to be adequate before cramming in more people in an already overdeveloped area.
  • Liz Grodzicky
    signed 2018-05-03 18:44:29 +1000
  • Bianca Mcdermott
    signed via 2018-05-03 18:14:50 +1000
    Ryde is becoming unliveable as is! Let alone rezoning small residential blocks for 4 dwellings with one parking spot.

    I was at Ryde hospital on Tuesday night waited for three hours and walked out.

    Test from my GP have come back with blood clots on my lunges and suspected heart attack from clot. Why did staff let me go, because they are understaffed for current population, what will it be like when all these apartments in Nth Ryde, Meadowbank, Gladesville are actually inhabited. We’ve already suffered the first round of over development 😡
  • Paul Tracey
    signed 2018-05-03 18:04:08 +1000
  • Margaret Sharkey
    signed via 2018-05-03 17:14:05 +1000
    Just stop over development & under infrastracture
  • Elaine Mclaughlin
    signed 2018-05-03 16:51:35 +1000
  • Garry Brown
    signed 2018-05-03 15:48:46 +1000
  • Nina Covre
    signed 2018-05-03 15:21:55 +1000
    It’s already too much, we have now next to us 2 huge blocks…one with 16 units on corner . Then next one has more than 32 to back yard looking in. We have cracks with building moving now & fear of roof coming down.

    Third is at end of back yard with another 32 units looking in and suffocating us all together…as if top Ryde shops wasn’t enough from a this. Enough is enough..needs to stop. They are next to the school..

    You are destroying the beautiful Ryde with overdevelopment! Greedy greedy developers
  • Alesoun Marsden
    signed 2018-05-03 15:02:30 +1000
  • Douglas Lee
    signed 2018-05-03 14:36:46 +1000
  • Brian Donnelly
    signed 2018-05-03 14:30:28 +1000
    I live in the City of Ryde and am very concerned about the congestion in the area. 20, 40 and now 60 story blocks of apartments have been built or are being planned for the area bringing more residents to the area. Manor houses, now allowed by the State Government, will add more residents and cause more congestion. An example of the congestion :- I live within 2 kilometres of Macquarie Shopping Centre; to drive from my house to that shopping centre in peak hours takes up to 30 minutes – an average speed of 4 kilometers per hour. This will only get worse with the introduction of manor houses. NOT GOOD ENOUGH MS PREMIER.

    Brian Donnelly
  • Anthony Cincotta
    signed 2018-05-03 14:30:12 +1000
  • Kerry Murphy
    signed 2018-05-03 14:28:53 +1000
  • jennifer collins
    signed 2018-05-03 13:40:06 +1000
  • Danielle Wilcock
    signed 2018-05-03 13:24:13 +1000
  • Llieda Wild
    signed 2018-05-03 13:21:58 +1000
    It is totally soul destroying to see the destruction of our once lovely green suburbs of Ryde and Eastwood by greedy developers. Living in Ryde for most of my life, I cannot understand how the Ryde Council can allow this to happen. Gone are the old federation homes, gone are the trees and habitat for wildlife. what’s left? Concrete.
  • Karen Walcott
    signed 2018-05-03 13:01:41 +1000