Lot 6 Orchard Street, Warriewood
Northrop’s project was a 30-lot residential land subdivision on the Northern Beaches. The site was an infill development that would need to align with a planned road network, neighbouring developments, and irritated landholders, who were opposing changes in the area.
Community resistance to the project meant the Council was heavily scrutinising all development applications. For our client, Dragon Eye, a successful outcome was fast approval, but without short cuts as it sought a high-quality development.
Fortunately, Northrop recognised the situation early on in the project and took necessary steps to expedite the process. We pursued good relationships with both Council engineering and planning staff, which was critical to a fast approval.
We anticipated the lines of enquiry the Council would make and had answers prepared. We also kept council staff informed of our strategy and design decisions, so they were not assessing our plans cold.
By navigating our way through complex flooding, overland flow and ecological issues, we were able to achieve timely approval in an initially hostile environment with considerable community opposition.
Our engineering team had alleviated concerns by demonstrating how the development would enhance the local environment through effective management of flooding stormwater and water quality.