Hopefully a development application for the extended use of the lighting at Goodwood Oval does not hinder the Grandstand Redevelopment.
A development application for extended use of the lighting at Goodwood Oval has been submitted to Council. The timing of this application by the Goodwood Saints Football Club is poor. It will run concurrently with the consultation on the new Goodwood Oval Grandstand.
This is therefore not healthy, and I suggest poor timing by the Goodwood Saints.
First of all, public consultation on the Grandstand is essential to achieving good design. As a result we look to our community to contribute to the design and to take ownership of the design.
Extended use of the lighting is a totally separate project. The Development Regulations deem this as development.
It requires public notification, in this case a category 3 notification. Hence public involvement in this process is not one of contributing to the final design. It is one of representing (positively or negatively) on the suitability of a predetermined design by the applicant. Cat 3 notifications means anyone can submit a representation to the Panel.
Our Council Assessment Panel (CAP) will assess the application. The Regulations require this.
This is not just a social issue. It is an infrastructure issue. Council itself will be providing a submission to the CAP. This will focus on the Oval’s ability to handle any extra use resulting from the extended use of the lighting.
Clashing with the Grandstand Consultation
With the history of opposition to the extended use of the lighting, the application is surely poorly timed.
It has the potential to cause a backlash on the Goodwood Oval Grandstand design. My earlier blog expands on what we are looking to achieve together on the Grandstand. The extended use of the lighting is a what do you think about this.
Hence I implore anyone wanting to have a say to separate the two. My earlier blog focuses on the Grandstand redevelopment.
You can provide a submission on either or both. Therefore, your choice.