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On 28 April 2023 the NSW government gave Council the green light to progress the proposal to designate Enmore Road as a Special Entertainment Precinct (SEP) on a permanent basis.
The planning proposal is now being finalised prior to adoption.
The NSW Government introduced special entertainment precincts to provide a different way for councils to manage amplified noise from licensed premises.
Creating a Special Entertainment Precinct along Enmore Road is an acknowledgement of its status as one of Australia’s premier entertainment and hospitality destinations - a status we want to protect while being mindful about neighbourhood liveability.
Engagement on the Enmore Road Special Entertainment Precinct began in June 2022 with an exhibition of the Department of Planning and Environment's Explanation of Intended Effects.
A trial of the Special Entertainment Precinct started on 1 September 2022. During the trial period, visitors, residents and businesses were invited to share their experiences.
During the initial three-month trial period, Council received high levels of support from the community for making the Enmore Special Entertainment Precinct permanent. Council was therefore given permission to extend the trial conditions through to mid 2023.
Additional engagement was undertaken during the evaluation period with key stakeholders including local businesses and neighbours.
91% of respondents from the wider community supported the designation of Enmore Road as a Special Entertainment Precinct.
In a local resident-only survey conducted in February 2023, 63% of residents supported the Enmore Road SEP.
All 8 (100%) businesses who completed the follow-up survey support Enmore Road being designated as a Special Entertainment Precinct.
The key concerns raised by residents include excessive noise, crowd management, car parking availability, safety concerns and anti-social behaviour such as alcohol related violence, drug use, littering and public urination.
At its meeting on 14 March 2023, Council noted local resident concerns and resolved to:
To support the changes to the planning framework, Council needs to develop detailed controls on things like sound proofing and sound levels.
This is done via the draft Special Entertainment Precinct Development Control Plan (DCP).
Read more about the DCP and have your say on the draft DCP project page (link takes you to another page on this site).
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