The Planning Process

BALMAIN LEAGUES CLUB TIGERS (Tigers Balmain)
DEVELOPMENT
CHRONOLOGY of EVENTS

September, 2004 Balmain Leagues Club commences discussion with Leichhardt Council regarding the possibility of a redevelopment for the Balmain Leagues Club site on Victoria Road, Rozelle.Town Planners at Leichhardt Council raise the possibility of the development including a retail (supermarket) component for reason that the area is badly under serviced for supermarkets and the site would be ideal for a supermarket location because of its connection to the high street (Darling Street, Rozelle) shopping precinct.Council suggests that consideration be given to acquiring sites on Darling Street, Rozelle and also adjoining sites on Victoria Road, consolidating all of the properties, and then lodging an application for Masterplan approval to rezone the site.
September, 2005 Acting on the suggestion made by the town planners at Leichhardl Council, Balmain Leagues Club acquires Byers Meats on the corner of Darling Street and Waterloo Street, Rozelle for $4,250,000.00.Acting on the same advice, Baimain Leagues Club acquires the adjoining property on Victoria Road, Rozelle, owned by Balmain Engineering and settles the transaction in July, 2006. The purchase price was $3, I 00,000.00.
December, 2005 New South Wales Government releases its Sydney Metropolitan Strategy which provided key objectives including locating housing in close proximity to employment and public transport.
2 November, 2005 Masterplan application lodged by Balmain Leagues Club with Leichhardt Council
December, 2005 Council meeting considers report on Masterplan application and defers application for reports, exhibition process etc.
February, 2006 Council meeting considers report on Masterplan application and defers consideration
August, 2006 Council meeting considers report on Masterplan application and defers consideration
September, 2006 Council meeting considers report on Masterplan application and defers consideration
March, 2007 Council meeting considers report on Masterplan application and defers consideration
May, 2007 Council meeting considers report on Masterplan application and defers consideration
March, 2008 Council meeting considers report on Masterplan application and defers consideration
June, 2008 Council recommends approval of Masterplan application
August, 2008 Minister for Planning gazettes Masterplan
February, 2009 Sydney Metro announced – they proposed to use Balmain Leagues Club site
27 May, 2009 Minister for Transport announces that Sydney Metro was to make temporary use of Balmain Leagues Club as a construction site to build Rozelle Station
30 October, 2009 Sydney Metro Board resolves to acquire a construction site lease over the Balmain Leagues Club property from 1 April, 2010 – resolves to give notice to vacate
1 February, 2010 Wait Secord, Chief of Staff, Office of Premier confirms that plans for Sydney Metro would still be proceeding
February, 2010 Arrangements made for closure of club and vacation of site
July, 2010 Joint Regional Planning Panel rejects development application after Leichhardt Council Planning Department recommends rejection of applicationDevelopment partners request return of $750,000.00 bond for development application from Leichhardt Council. Leichhardt Council refuse to return bond
November 2010 Leichhardt Council resolved not to return bond amount until the right of appeal against the refusal of the developmentapplication had expired (that is, July, 2011)
June, 2011 Not withstanding November, 2010 resolution, Council resolves not to return the $750,000 bond whilst there is any possible application relating to the properly under Part 3A
June, 2011 Council resolves not to have any site specific controls for Balmain Leagues Club under their new LEP. Decision made without any notice to stakeholders and without any reports being prepared other than an internal briefing memo to Councillors. It took four years, eight Council meetings, massive numbers of expert reports and millions of dollars for the Council to approve the Masterplan. It took them one meeting, no reports, no consultation and not notice to any stakeholder to take it away.The practical effect of the new recommended LEP is that under the LEP, there can be no development of the Leagues club site of any real significance (couldn’t even have a Leagues Club there of the same size as presently exists)They have also retained the bond even though on their new recommended LEP there can be no development of the site that the bond could apply to.
November 2014 Leichhardt Council announces they will seek to rezone the FSR from 3.9/1 down to 1.5/1, despite their 2008 recommendation to approve the Masterplan application with FSR of 3.9/1.