The Land and Environment Court has ruled in favour of Canterbury Bankstown Council and of the residents of Ashbury after dismissing an appeal by a developer seeking to develop land adjacent to Peace Park into seven residential lots.
The vacant land at 30 Trevenar St Ashbury has been subject to a protracted dispute about zoning, with Canterbury Bankstown Council and the community in favour of the land being kept as open space to be added to Peace Park.
30 Trevenar St was originally owned by the State owned energy provider, which became Ausgrid after electricity privatisation. Ausgrid then sold the land to a private developer in 2021 even though Council notified Ausgrid that it intended to rezone the land as REI Public Recreation.
Member for Summer Hill Jo Haylen welcomed the Land and Environment Court’s decision and called on the NSW Government to acquire the land so it remains a part of Peace Park in the hands of the community.
Quotes attributable to Member for Summer Hill Jo Haylen:
“This is a fantastic win for Ashbury and for the community after a long and hard fought campaign. The Land and Environment Court has today righted a wrong, which was the decision by Ausgrid to try and sell precious open space off to a developer.
“I’m calling on the NSW Government to acquire the land at 30 Trevenar St to protect Peace Park and enrich this precious public space for the whole community.”