Hurstville residents angry after developer asks for two extra storeys

Going up: An artist impression of the proposed Grandh development at the former tax office building site in Hurstville. Picture: Supplied
Going up: An artist impression of the proposed Grandh development at the former tax office building site in Hurstville. Picture: Supplied

The developers of the former Australian Tax Office site in Hurstville have submitted a development application to add two extra storeys to one of the buildings despite it being rejected by the Joint Regional Planning Panel earlier this year.

In September 2015 the original application was lodged for the Grandh project consisting of two buildings of 18 and 11 storeys containing a community space, two commercial spaces and 384 residential units over a six level basement car park.

The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) met in February and deferred a decision on the proposal saying the 63 metre height was unacceptable.

In March Deicorp submitted amended plans to Kogarah Council lowering the buildings by two floors to a maximum of 16 levels. 

That proposal was approved by the JRPP in April.

However, another application has been submitted to Georges River Council in August asking for another two storeys on one of the buildings to bring it back up to the original request of 18 storeys.

That has angered local residents who spoke against the proposal during a Georges River Council meeting on Monday.

Ann Selle lives in O’Brien Estate opposite the development and said she was upset the application had been lodged despite the JRPP ruling.

''I'm outraged at the way the JRPP ruling has been snubbed and ignored,'' she said.

''We thought the JRPP was the ruling authority and that was that.

''It should go back to the JRPP and not treated as a separate development application that goes through council.''

She will submit a submission on the proposal and said there was strong community support against the project with 300 residents signing a petition ahead of the earlier JRPP meeting.

Deicorp did not respond to specific questions around the proposed two extra stories but said in a statement that the four buildings of Grandh have been designed to compliment the thriving metropolis of Hurstville.

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