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.

Who's signing

Michelle Van Doninck
Gina Tomasiello
Rod Broune
Maria Kemp
Libby Lawson
Sharlene Oppy
Pamela Williamson
Brigid Dowsett
Robert Luff
Martin Lightbody
Abbey Richards
Joshua Groenestyn
John Range
Grant Milliss
Lachlan Cosgrove
alison macfie
stephen Seaton
Karen Munro
Terry Perram
Mick Haynes
Vera Koncek
judy drake
Linda Allen
Antony Savva
Nicole McIntyre
Marjorie Marsh
Robyn Smith
John Veevers
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  • Michelle Van Doninck
    signed 2018-04-21 22:34:10 +1000
  • Gina Tomasiello
    signed 2018-04-21 22:06:02 +1000
  • Rod Broune
    signed 2018-04-21 21:59:49 +1000
    I grew up in Ashfield. Its character was destroyed in the 60’s and 70’s by unit development. I don’t want Eastwood (or the Ryde Council Area) to suffer the same fate, which is of streetscapes full of “broken teeth”.
  • Maria Kemp
    signed 2018-04-21 20:58:07 +1000
  • Libby Lawson
    signed 2018-04-21 20:39:24 +1000
    I am appalled at this out of control State Government that is determined to destroy our suburbs with over-development, destroy our environments and create a suburb groaning with community catastrophes such as over-crowding on our roads, schools and transport facilities, which they will leave for others to have to deal with.
  • Sharlene Oppy
    signed 2018-04-21 20:14:11 +1000
  • Pamela Williamson
    signed 2018-04-21 19:52:21 +1000
  • Brigid Dowsett
    signed 2018-04-21 19:35:17 +1000
    Brigid Dowsett This endless push for development must be stopped. We need a debate on how much more of our city and suburbs we will hand over to developers to build more high rise with no aesthetics, reduce our amenity and sense of place, increase traffic and threaten our quality of life. Enough!
  • Robert Luff
    signed 2018-04-21 19:16:33 +1000
  • Martin Lightbody
    signed 2018-04-21 18:45:43 +1000
  • Abbey Richards
    signed 2018-04-21 18:43:09 +1000
  • Joshua Groenestyn
    signed 2018-04-21 18:42:50 +1000
  • John Range
    signed 2018-04-21 18:36:03 +1000
  • Grant Milliss
    signed 2018-04-21 18:31:03 +1000
  • Sharon Bejjani
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-21 18:22:26 +1000
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  • Lachlan Cosgrove
    signed via 2018-04-21 18:19:35 +1000
  • alison macfie
    signed 2018-04-21 18:12:15 +1000
  • stephen Seaton
    signed 2018-04-21 18:10:53 +1000
  • Karen Munro
    signed 2018-04-21 17:58:01 +1000
  • Terry Perram
    signed 2018-04-21 17:35:32 +1000
    I support Ryde Council wholeheartedly. It is the Council’s role to defend our existing planning controls, developed over time in consultation with the community. Please continue to resist and challenge this dictatorial action by the State government. This atrocity has all come about in response to unsustainable population growth. What do we have to do to convince the government, federal and State, to rein this in?
  • Mick Haynes
    signed via 2018-04-21 17:08:53 +1000
  • Vera Koncek
    signed 2018-04-21 16:54:59 +1000
    Majority of Eastwood people must see, that Eastwood is being more and more overcrowded. Our family moved to Eastwood 50 years ago – there is not comparison how it changed. We should definitely protest against more and more buildings and dwellings to be build here. There is going on now long time misery question – where to build bigger Car Park. But what about those 2 monster tower buildings in Rutledge street or in Glen Street? Why those locations couldn’t be used to build a Car Park? Oval should be part of Heritage of EASTWOOD and low density dwellings with larger gardens behind them as well.
  • judy drake
    signed via 2018-04-21 16:23:23 +1000
    although we live in the suburb next to Ryde, Hunters Hill, i totally and wholeheartedly agree that Ryde IS overdeveloped Gladesville is changing and not for the better. Sydney cannot sustain this level of “development”/degradation and overpopulation. we do NOT want to become another Hong Kong with high rise buildings overshadowing everything. Lachlans Line will dominate the skyline, infrastructure cannot cope with this invasion. rents will not decrease despite all this oversupply of units
  • Linda Allen
    signed 2018-04-21 16:12:37 +1000
  • Antony Savva
    signed 2018-04-21 16:11:31 +1000
    This type of planning control is ludicrous, has the state government lost its mind ?
  • Nicole Mcintyre
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  • Nicole McIntyre
    signed 2018-04-21 15:55:21 +1000
  • Marjorie Marsh
    signed 2018-04-21 15:53:35 +1000
    There are not enough open spaces and schools for the people already living in the area. Why not move your new developments further out of Sydney and build the infrastructure to support them. This would give the people a new place to live, work and play.
  • Robyn Smith
    signed 2018-04-21 15:49:31 +1000
  • John Veevers
    signed 2018-04-21 15:33:14 +1000