By Dr Peter Gangemi, Mayor The Hills Shire Council
No final decision in Glenhaven place of worship appeal.
The Land and Environment Court has not yet released a final determination regarding an appeal by the applicant for a proposed place of worship at 1 Larapinta Place, Glenhaven.
Late February, preliminary orders were made requiring the applicant to lodge an updated Plan of Management and an updated Traffic Management Plan with Council by 10 March 2022. Following this, Council is required to file updated Conditions of Consent by 24 March 2022.
The development application had previously been refused by the Sydney Central Planning Panel on 28 August 2019 following a public meeting attended by approximately 500 people. The matter was then heard at The Land and Environment Court before Commissioner Gray in September 2021 with the decision of the Court reserved at that time.
Council staff and other professionals, including Council’s legal team, have worked hard to assess this application and have professionally identified real impacts. Throughout the process engagement of the community has remained focused on the merit issues of the proposal.
Council have prohibited Places of Worship from the RU6 zones in The Hills LEP so it would be disappointing if this development application was approved. Council and the community now await the final determination from The Land and Environment Court, and once again I would like to thank residents for their engagement on this important local matter