Cherrybrook sub-division still on hold

TWO hours of discussion mounted to nothing at Hornsby Council on Tuesday as councillors voted to further delay a controversial sub-division application in Cherrybrook.

A development application to demolish a tennis court and construct a second smaller dwelling at 17 Cannan Close was refused in May.

The previous councillors voted the sub-division was non-compliant with the state environment planning policy's floor to space ratio, was not in the public's interest and would be inconsistent with the established streetscape.

Despite numerous invitations from Cannan Close residents, no on-site meeting was scheduled before the new council's first sitting. Councillors instead voted to set up a workshop meeting, with a final decision due before the application's six-month deadline on November 16.

Councillor Robert Browne, who voted to refuse the item in May, said the applicant was simply re-lodging the same application.

"This application has not been amended and fails to address any of council's concerns," Cr Browne said.

"This is over the top. The applicant's need for accommodation can be achieved without sub-division."

Applicant Alex Du said the proposal would be a better fit for the area.

"After the tennis court is removed it will increase the deep soil landscaping area," he said.

"The tennis court should be removed because there's drainage concerns and non-native trees [lining the perimeter]."

Councillors voted against an earlier attempt by residents to establish a Heritage Conservation Area in Cannan Close. Cr Browne said current state government policy overrides local planning laws and council's ability to protect such streetscapes.

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