UPDATE: Miranda apartments project rejected by regional planning panel

The proposed development at Miranda. Picture: DA

The proposed development at Miranda. Picture: DA

UPDATE

An application for an eight-storey block of apartments in the Pinnacle Street Precinct at Miranda has been rejected.

Sydney South Planning Panel determined the matter by a vote of three to two after Sutherland Shire Council recommended refusal.

Chairman Morris Iemma and two other panel members, councillors Kent Johns and Steve Simpson, voted for rejection.

The proposed development covers three lots on Kingsway and one in Pinnacle Street. Picture: DA

The proposed development covers three lots on Kingsway and one in Pinnacle Street. Picture: DA

The other two panel members unsuccessfully sought to defer the matter pending a further report.

In its published reasons, the panel said the proposed development was “an inappropriate use of the site and approval would not be in the public interest”.

The panel considered the project failed to satisfy the provisions of SEPP 65 (Design Quality of Residential Apartment Buildings) and its associated Apartment Design Code, as well as the 2015 LEP and Draft DCP.

It found the amalgamation pattern would result in isolated sites not capable of achieving their full development potential, building separation requirements were not met and there was inadequate onsite parking and garbage collection arrangements.

EARLIER STORY

Sutherland Shire Council has recommended an application for an eight-storey block of apartments in the Pinnacle Street Precinct at Miranda be rejected.

The estimated construction cost is just over the $20 million cut-off for council determination, so the decision on whether the project goes ahead will be made by Sydney South Planning Panel.

The panel, chaired by Morris Iemma, will meet at the Sutherland council chambers on Wednesday, March 22, to hear public submissions and determine the application.

The proposal is for an L-shaped building containing 70 units, with two  basement car parking levels on amalgamated sites, 678 to 682 Kingsway and nine Pinnacle Street.

The area was rezoned for high rise in the 2015 local environmental plan.

Several reasons for why the application should be rejected were given by the council.

They included that it did not meet building separation requirements, which resulted in undue constraints being placed on the future development of adjoining sites, meaning they could not meet their full potential.

Concern was also expressed over valuation reports and the process followed, privacy and overshadowing.

The council report also said there was non-compliance with the front setback, building envelope heights along Kingsway and car parking requirements.

Another reason given was that the applicant had not been demonstrated the garbage collection could be achieved from the basement.

The council report said eight submissions were received after the proposal was exhibited.

Matters raised in submissions had included the break in the amalgamation pattern, concern with the valuation reports and the process followed, privacy and overshadowing. 

People who wish to speak at the meeting of the regional panel on March 22 at 1pm must register before 4pm on Monday March 20 by calling 8217 2060 or emailing: enquiry@planningpanels.nsw.gov.au

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