New panel to reconsider Cronulla hotel proposal at first meeting of year

No time has been wasted in having the proposal for a new hotel next to Monro Park at Cronulla reconsidered after the original decision was set aside due to a planning panel member's perceived conflict of interest.

The rezoning proposal has been listed on the agenda for the first meeting of the Sutherland Shire Local Planning Panel this year.

A planning panel with different members will meet at Sutherland Shire administration building on Tuesday, January 21, at 6.30pm.

No changes have been made to the report by council planning staff, which will be considered by the panel.

The report recommends that the panel advise the council the Planning Proposal for 138-142 Cronulla St, Cronulla has sufficient strategic merit to warrant referral to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes for Gateway Determination.

The proposal was first considered by a panel on December 17 last year.

That panel recommended the project be reconsidered because of "significant issues", including the "massive" appearance of the tower next to smaller buildings and overshadowing of the park and war memorial.

The decision was set aside after it was revealed after the meeting the wife of the community representative on the panel, David Russell, owns a unit in a nearby building.

Sutherland Shire Council general manager Manjeet Grewal subsequently initiated an inquiry into Mr Russell's perceived conflict of interest.