'Relatively minor' height rule breach accepted for six-storey apartment block at Sutherland

Fifty apartments are included in a newly approved six-storey block at Sutherland.

Sydney South Planning Panel gave consent with conditions for the development on the northern side of Old Princes Highway, just to the east of The Grand Parade flyover of the train line.

The L-shaped, corner block development, estimated to cost $14.5 million to build, will replace three old houses at 681-683 Old Princes Highway, and 24 Belmont Street.

There will be six storeys of apartments plus three basement levels of parking. 

The panel generally agreed with the assessment of the proposal by Sutherland Shire Council staff.

In its decision, the panel said the proposal was consistent with the zone objectives and the objectives of the building height development standard, even though it was two per cent above the limit set in the LEP.

This was a "relatively minor" contravention due to a "minor lift overrun, which did not add apparent bulk to the streetscape or cause adverse impacts to neighbours", the panel said.

"The bulk and scale of the proposal (subject to conditions) was consistent with that envisaged by the planning controls and was suited to the site and surrounds."