Mark Horton (Letters, 4 Nov) seems unaware that the "big picture" for Frenchs Forest was in fact revealed in late 2010, in NSW Planning's proposal to designate the area a "State Significant Site". The proposal contained explicit references to us becoming another Chatswood (but without the benefit of a rail line, of course).
This plan was howled down by the community, most notably in a public meeting in Forest High School, attended by our local MP, Brad Hazzard, who undertook to convey our views to the Premier, although tellingly he stopped short of saying he would support them. (In April 2011, Mr Hazzard became Minister for Planning.)
The "State Significant Site" concept is what we are now getting, but we are getting it by stealth, piece-meal, one bit at a time. Hence the chaotic mess we find ourselves in.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.