Inner West Independent

Inner West Council to grant land access to Iglu student accommodation

Inner West Council announced its proposal to "grant an easement over part of Darrell Jackson Gardens" in favour of Iglu Pty Ltd. Photo: Lack Group.

By TOKS OGUNDARE

Inner West Council announced yesterday a proposal to grant an easement over the Darrell Jackson Gardens to the controversial Iglu student accommodation building site in Summer Hill. 

The easement will allow Iglu Pty Ltd the permanent right to access and use the land to connect stormwater drainage to the existing Sydney Water pipes that run through Darrell Jackson Gardens.

The proposal comes after Sydney builder Hansen Yuncken faced calls to shut its $33m site down last year when CFMEU union officials said a giant pool of water on the project was putting workers in danger.

Inner West councillors initially rejected the development application by Iglu Pty Ltd to open its sixth Sydney student accommodation, after concerns were raised that the proposal was “not compatible” with the flood hazard of the land.

The application was later approved by the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel after the panel found that Iglu had “responded satisfactorily” to the concerns. 

Members of the public have been invited to contact council to give feedback on the proposal to grant the easement.

The water drainage works are occurring at the same time as council’s upgrade to the Darrell Jackson Gardens playground upgrade.

Council is set to begin work next month on the popular park after designs for an upgrade to the playground were finalised in October last year. 

The $1.1m upgrades will include refurbishment of the playground adjoining the childcare centre, picnic and barbeque facilities, park footpaths and entries from Carlton Crescent along with the drainage upgrades. In addition, the surfacing of the tennis courts and skate park will be improved.

Council expects the upgrade to be completed by July 2022.

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