DISTRESSED Peakhurst residents facing more higher-density development have formed an action group to fight for their quiet streets.
Following state government changes to the Hurstville local environmental plan, parts of Peakhurst, particularly the old Department of Housing area near Peakhurst Park, had their density increased from low to medium, allowing three-storey developments.
Residents in the rezoned streets fear overdevelopment, traffic congestion and loss of peace and privacy.
And they can't see a reason for the zoning change as there are no railway stations nearby and the streets are too narrow for increased traffic.
Many of the residents had bought the Department of Housing properties and built family homes. They have formed Peakhurst Action Group to fight the rezoning. The last meeting was attended by more than 40 people, including Hurstville councillors.
Group members had met with state MPs Mark Coure (Oatley) and Robert Furolo (Lakemba).
Spokeswoman Magdalene Ball said Mr Coure was organising a meeting with Planning Minister Brad Hazzard and Mr Furolo had questioned Mr Hazard in parliament in June. But developers and real estate agents eager to make a buck were hovering, she said.
"Sadly, more homes have 'for sale' and 'auction' signs," she said.
She urged residents to write personal letters of objection to Mr Hazzard and Mr Coure.
"We urge all residents to make an online objection to the White Paper (the government's proposed new planning system) and we will be seeking the support of the sporting groups that use Peakhurst Park as the traffic and parking there on weekends is particularly atrocious," Mrs Ball said.
Hurstville Council remains strongly opposed to the zoning changes and supports the action group but is also looking to the future.
At the council’s most recent meeting on July 3, it allocated $5000 for a traffic volume study near Peakhurst Park and resolved to write to sporting and community groups who use the park to inform them of the LEP changes and the potential impact on their activities.
It also resolved to consider the parking problems and traffic congestion around Peakhurst Park when assessing development applications for the surrounding area affected by the LEP changes.
‘‘This will ensure that any development applications can be more thoroughly assessed and assist council to plan for the future.’’