Building and Development

Constant monitoring by the Society

The committee keeps a watching brief on all development applications ensuring their compatibility with Planning guidelines and their impact on the Darling Point environment.

All reports are filed electronically in the database.

Submissions are prepared and submitted to the appropriate authority.

Observing that current DA’s are compatible with Council’s site specific DCP for Darling Point. Objecting if they are not compatible. Every DA impacts on surrounding properties, streetscape, loss of light, bulk and noise issues.


In 2018 a new development application system came into force called IHAP (Independent Hearing Application Panel).  The local branch is the WLPP (Woollahra Local Planning Panel).  All developments with a value of and above $5 million to $30 million will be automatically referred to the WLPP. All developments above $30 million will be referred to the Regional Development Panel. There are 5 panels for Woollahra, each comprising 4 members who meet twice a month: one community representative and two experts with qualifications in planning, heritage, law and transport, the Chair has the casting vote.

Most routine development applications  will continue to be determined by Council staff.

New article We cannot satisfy everybody’: Plans revealed for historic tennis venue published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 9th February 2020.  Written by Andrew Taylor

At full meeting on Monday 10 February 2019 Woollahra Municipal Council voted to approve the Voluntary Planning Policy with 7 votes against 7 in favor and the Mayor having the casting vote voted in favor. So the motion was passed 8 to 7 in favor of the Voluntary Planning Agreement Policy with all the Liberal Councillors voting in favor.

Please click the link  to download the Woollahra Council Ordinary Meeting Minutes 10 February 2020

Shovel ready projects to override development refusal by Councils under new planning laws, Dated 4 May 2020 - Sourced from various sources.

Please click the link to the document below:


Shovel ready projects

The Woollahara Municipal Council has released a Draft Delivery Program 2018-2022 and Operational Plan 2020-21.


The link to the Council website review and submission page is below:

Draft Delivery Program 2018-2022 and Operational Plan 2020-21 Council page

The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP has announced that applications are open for the $14 million Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.  Crown land managers and Community Groups are eligible to apply.

The link to the PDF media release is below:

Hon Gabrielle Upton MP Media Release - 4th June 2020

Weigall Sports Complex, Sydney Grammar School, Neild Avenue, Rushcutters Bay

Exhibition of State Significant Development Application on Wednesday 9 December 2020

The link to the PDF media release is below:

Wiegall Sports Complex, Sydney Grammar School development information - 18th June 2020

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