Tell 'em they're dreaming: Council fights new airport regulations

The red area identified in the map is shown to be impacted by noise. The green area is not affected by noise but the government has placed restrictions on these properties.

The red area identified in the map is shown to be impacted by noise. The green area is not affected by noise but the government has placed restrictions on these properties.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone is not feeling the vibe of the state government's new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) regarding the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

The SEPP, which overrides council powers, means residents in Abbotsbury, Bossley Park, Horsley Park and Bonnyrigg Heights who want to build a new home or make changes will need to fork out up to $20,000 for acoustic reports as part of their development applications.

The same applies for home owners within the 13-kilometre radius of the Western Sydney Airport second runway - which includes parts of Penrith, Blacktown, Camden and Liverpool - which won't be completed until 2064.

"At least in the movie The Castle the guy was living right under the runway and there was noise so you could understand why he was fighting. There will be no second runway until 2064 and even then these areas have no noise impact under their own study," he said.

"This will require property owners to provide treatment/insulation for the property as if they were in the 20+ Australian Noise Exposure Concept.

"They made this decision with no public consultation, which is not only wrong, but bizarre. Why should residents spend this money to do these reports when it is not necessary?

"People in western Sydney should not be treated any worse than the people in the inner City.

"The government paid for insulation for homes located under the Sydney Airport before they sold it and allows houses to be houses to be built in areas of greater noise at that airport."

In a double blow for Fairfield, the approved SEPP - which comes in to effect on October 1 - also means Horsley Park residents who own land of five acres of more will only be allowed to build one property.

"That means our farmers who want to subdivide so their kids can help them or build a granny flat can no long do so," Mr Carbone said.

"It will have big financial implication for those residents who are impacted only slightly by the noise which used 1970s aircrafts to do the noise modelling.

Not happy: Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone. Picture: Simon Bennett

Not happy: Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone. Picture: Simon Bennett

"A comparable place is place like Drummoyne with the same 20 ANEF zoning, you can put up high rises as long as you put the acoustics. In Horsley Park they are taking away your right to even build a house on 10,000 square metres."

Fairfield Council are contacting other councils in their quest to "protect people's rights."

Liverpool councillor Tony Hadchiti will be speaking about the issue at the next council meeting.

"It is a kick in the guts for land owners," he said.

"I totally appreciate the airport wants to be protected, but what they are proposing is ridiculous. The unfair thing is people haven't been consulted.

"I think it's important we inform the residents of what is gong on and for the authorities to realise we aren't going to be a push over. We have supported the airport all the way through, but we're not going to roll over and get kicked in the guts."

Mr Carbone has written to premier Gladys Berejiklian to outline his concerns calling for "common sense" and asking the state government to review this SEPP to ensure the "right, fair and equitable " outcome for residents.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment sad it has been communicated to residents since 2018 that there will need to be "restrictions on development" and said the new rules - which were publicly exhibited - were developed by the Western Sydney Planning Partnership which brought together planning expertise from western Sydney Councils - including Fairfield.

The proposed approach of limiting development was also recognised as important in the Fairfield Rural Lands Urban Investigation Area (UIA) that Council exhibited between November 2018 and February 2019.

"This is because of the Commonwealth's aircraft noise rules which will allow construction of the new 24-hour international airport and also protect local residents from increased noise," the spokesperson said.

"Renovations, extensions and the construction of new houses will still be allowed on land where a subdivision has already been approved.

"Homeowners will not need to pay for acoustic reports. A Development Control Plan is being prepared that will include Aircraft Noise Assessment Guidelines for Councils that if followed will mean there's no reason to use a consultant."

Mr Carbone maintains residents haven't been consulted.

"They have stated you have been, which is a lie," he said.

"We will fight to protect all our residents land rights. This has been done in the middle of the night ; we're not a Communist country and no one should be using COVID-19 to undermine the rights of our citizens and council will take all measures available to us - including legal action - to stop any proposal from the state government that would impact our mums and dads homes," he said.

Or in the words of Daryl Kerrigan: "Tell 'em they're dreaming."