Planning panel to decide on Sutherland DA incorporating apartment block and heritage-listed house

A proposed $20 million development at Sutherland, incorporating a seven-storey apartment block and a heritage-listed house, has been recommended for approval following council assessment.

Sutherland Shire Local Planning Panel is due to determine the development application (DA) for 110-116 Flora Street on June 18.

Sammut Developments acquired the house named Wallales, which was built about 1917, along with three adjoining houses on Flora Street at the corner of Auburn Street.

The DA proposed demolishing three of the houses to build 46 apartments and a swimming pool, with two basement levels of parking.

The heritage-listed house was to be renovated and extended to become the forty-seventh dwelling.

The plans were subsequently changed to allow the heritage house to be used for commercial purposes.

The council's assessment report said changes to the DA had been made by the applicant in response to matters raised by the council.

The report supported the plans overall, but not the use of the heritage house for commercial purposes.

The report said substantial building works would be required to bring the cottage into conformity with current building and access standards, which would have a detrimental impact on the fabric and heritage significance item.

"In this instance, the use of the heritage cottage is recommended to be provided as residential accommodation and a separate application lodged in the future for separate consideration," the report said.

"The inclusion of the heritage cottage into a larger development scheme will ensure its long term conservation and the realising of the council's broader strategic imperative to conserve local environmental heritage.

"Subject to suitable conditions (mainly the removal of the commercial use) the proposal is considered to be acceptable and consistent with the provisions of the Local Environmental Plan 2015."

The assessment supported a variation to the building height standard for the area.

The LEP provides a maximum 20 metre building height, while the proposed development will be a maximum of 23.3 metres.

Twelve submissions were received in response to the DA.

The main issues raised included the adequacy of public consultation, the retention of existing commercial use of the heritage-listed house, the development being out of character with the streetscape and the 20 metre height limit being exceeded.