The proposed Hickman Street development is not merely a debate about the essential need for affordable housing.
That's a given - necessitating considered, mindful implementation.
The most contentious issue is the size and density of the development - a four-storey complex - in a heritage significant neighbourhood comprising mostly single storey dwellings at the edge of the escarpment.
Good design in any neighbourhood has to carefully consider the orientation of dwellings, the impact on immediate neighbours, sustainability and contribution to the integration of the immediate surroundings.
Each resident (existing and proposed) has a right to direct sunlight, privacy from overlooking dwellings, exclusion from excessive noise and maximum opportunity for views for neighbours.
The proposed high density development, in my view is lacking in this regard.
Where is the due regard for sensitive setback, massing, height of walls and roof forms that would not unduly severely impinge on the local neighbourhood?
The amenities of neighbours (existing and proposed) need to be respected as does a high standard of design, construction and maintenance of such proposed dwellings.
The natural features and character of the White Flat precinct would be seriously undermined by such a large scale, conglomerate over-development.
I wish to see a positive contribution to the community and environment by way of development in this area and remain most unconvinced that the proposed development will be an asset of mutual benefit.
There is an immediate need for affordable housing, but, the proposed development in Hickman Street has deleterious long-term ramifications.