North Cronulla 'eyesore' to go if Prince Street DA is approved

A luxury, five storey apartment block is proposed to replace old flats on a site next to ‘‘the wall’’ at North Cronulla.

Sutherland Shire Council has received a development application (DA) for 21-23 Prince Street, which would involve the demolition of two buildings and the construction of a five-storey building, plus two levels of basement parking.

The new block, with frontages on both Prince Street and Mitchell Road, would contain 10 apartments, two to each floor.

It would replace two buildings containing 14 flats, many of which are occupied by groups of surfers, who often congregate on old lounge chairs in the front yard.

Last year, a representative of the owners of the old flats, described them as ‘‘an eyesore’’ and ‘‘surfers’ territory’’.

‘‘On Australia Day, there was a bonfire and BBQ,’’ he said.

The site is close to the luxury, award-winning Bathers apartment block in Prince Street.

A statement of environmental effects said the proposed new building would have eight ‘‘sizeable’’ three  bedroom apartments and two ‘‘sizeable’’ two bedroom units.

It said changes had been made to the plans in response to issues raised by the council and Architectural Review Advisory Panel at a pre-DA meeting.

As a result, ‘‘the proposal achieves an appropriate built form in terms of scale, proportions and building composition having regard to surrounding residential development and the desired future character of the area’’.

The document said shadow diagrams indicated there were ‘‘no unreasonable’’ shadow or view impacts.

New residents would enjoy ‘‘uninterrupted views to Bate Bay and the surrounding Cronulla beachfront landscape’’.

More in the Leader next week.

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