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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Sarah Ireland
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Cody Hardaker
Elinor Faulkner
Kathy Schofield
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Kevin Shaw
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elisa panozzo
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Peter Corbridge
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Peter Whittaker
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  • Sarah Ireland
    signed 2018-04-27 15:08:00 +1000
    Save our city. No manor houses !!! No over development Don’t destroy our heritage
  • Nicole Smith
    signed 2018-04-27 14:08:33 +1000
  • Elizabeth Garratt
    signed 2018-04-27 13:34:38 +1000
  • Marg Whitehurst
    signed 2018-04-27 12:44:31 +1000
  • Sebastian Laguzza
    signed 2018-04-27 11:28:07 +1000
    This is a suburb, not a city Victor. I hope your money keeps you warm.
  • Marian Walganski
    signed 2018-04-26 21:16:47 +1000
    So disappointing that all plants and trees are removed from building sites which creates a hot desert effect for Ryde.

    Why do people buy a beautiful lush green sight and change it to barren grey and lifeless. Surely it could be required for each property to have four medium size trees on it – one each to the north, south, east and west to assist the air to be healthier to breathe.
  • Stephanie Frith
    signed 2018-04-26 17:39:52 +1000
    This week I spent time with a number of close friends. Five couples used to live in Eastwood, three grew up in the suburb. Two other couples raised their families here but moved out a few years back. Another couple will move in the next few weeks. Most of them had chosen to live here because they loved the sense of community, the gardens and houses and the convenience…. but they could see the writing on the wall. However, they admit they could never have envisaged what is being done and planned for our neighbourhood. Now, many former residents, seem to ask the same question – when are you going to move? The developers and the investors do not live here but they seem to be able to make the decisions as to what can be destroyed. We have already had to fight off plans to turn Eastwood Park into a concrete multi storey carpark, the schools are full to bursting, the trains will not be able to accomodate the planned increases in population along the line and there isn’t any plans to provide extra open space……and no, I don’t count the ‘gift’ of open space from the grounds of our underfunded TAFE system at Meadowbank TAFE a gift at all because TAFE should be supported by governments and not have their faculties closed because of overpriced courses.
  • livio Panozzo
    signed 2018-04-26 15:01:48 +1000
  • Terri Lewis
    signed 2018-04-26 14:45:08 +1000
  • Karsten Pedersen
    signed 2018-04-26 12:13:01 +1000
    We have already seen the impact on amenity of the approval of developments at Allengrove, Whiteside and more recently at the corner of Epping and Lane Cove Roads. The PAC assessment process will always favour developers as there are three Commissioners versus two representatives from Council making the recommendations. The state government is beholden to developers through laundered illegal donations flowing through the Liberal party’s offices in the ACT and developer orientated organisations such as Urban Growth that lobby for more and more loosening and overriding of Council planning laws. When is our State government going to govern to protect its citizens rights and not govern for the benefit of vested interests.
  • Cody Hardaker
    signed 2018-04-26 12:02:35 +1000
  • Elinor Faulkner
    signed 2018-04-26 11:58:16 +1000
  • Kathy Schofield
    signed 2018-04-26 11:43:03 +1000
  • Peter Fraser
    signed 2018-04-26 11:35:32 +1000
  • Kevin Shaw
    signed 2018-04-26 11:34:43 +1000
    I am a committee member of Ryde District Historical Society with a long term interest in Heritage in the City of Ryde.
  • Cheryl Riley
    signed 2018-04-26 11:06:30 +1000
  • elisa panozzo
    signed 2018-04-26 10:34:00 +1000
    elisa panozzo
  • Christina Shenouda
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-26 10:01:58 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect Ryde
  • christina dahdal
    signed 2018-04-26 10:01:10 +1000
  • A J
    signed 2018-04-26 09:33:07 +1000
  • V J
    signed 2018-04-26 09:32:07 +1000
  • Peter Corbridge
    signed 2018-04-26 08:47:19 +1000
  • Ling Khoo
    signed 2018-04-25 22:16:34 +1000
  • Colleen Corbridge
    signed 2018-04-25 20:34:22 +1000
    How dare the state government change the building styles of the City of Ryde. We bought houses in Ryde because we liked way the city was designed. If we wanted to live in a high density area that is where we would have purchased! DO’NT CHANGE THE CiTY OF RYDE THAT ITS RESIDENTS LOVE. I’ve lived here for over 40 years and I don’t want my surroundings changed to what will be the slums of tomorrow. That is what happens to over development after it has been up for a few years.
  • Andrew Chong
    signed 2018-04-25 14:13:28 +1000
  • Fiona Hulme
    signed 2018-04-25 01:54:24 +1000
  • Mung No Cheng
    signed 2018-04-25 00:50:33 +1000
    fully objective
  • Susan Brazier
    signed 2018-04-24 19:57:44 +1000
    Ryde is being over developed to the point of utter stupidity. All those making these decisions do not live here and are destroying the wonderful community that has made this area their home. Stop giving the developers whatever they want and start taking the existing community into account. Try doing to Hunters Hill what you are doing to Ryde , that won’t happen too many paid up members or benefactors to a particular party.
  • Alan Holroyd
    signed 2018-04-24 18:28:27 +1000
    Holdmark is owned by a Lebanese company based in Beirut. Do they care about Meadowbank?
  • Peter Whittaker
    signed 2018-04-24 17:36:01 +1000
    I may not live in your jurisdiction Mayor Laxale, but I fully support your stance in sticking up for your residents and THEIR suburb.

    Greedy developers and their “mates” in parliament don’t care about local residents or their quality of life – it’s all about the profits for them and to hell with the consequences born by everyone else.

    Because if this can happen in Ryde, it can happen (and is happening) all over Sydney – it needs to be stopped !

    Also, I think it is worth noting, that although you don’t have a say on it at a local or even at a state level, it needs to be said that the permanent migration rate into Sydney is the primary cause behind Sydney’s break-neck population growth which is in turn fuelling this insane overdevelopment.

    And the loss of habitat, heritage, character and amenity associated with this insane overdevelopment is irreparably changing these areas and turning them into modern-day slums and ghettos.

    So please stop this overdevelopment, it’s absolutely killing our suburbs !!!