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Revitalising the shopping heart of Surry Hills

The City of Sydney is helping make Surry Hills more appealing and liveable with extra space for shops and apartments, and open space for recreation.

Council has approved a planning proposal for Surry Hills Shopping Village that will allow for a new supermarket, smaller retail spaces and around 170 apartments. Additional building height may be awarded through a design excellence process.

The redevelopment will include a new laneway towards the south that improves the walking route to Moore Park, new open space in the south west and footpath widening along Marriott Street.

New buildings will include enhanced sustainability measures exceeding the minimum BASIX target by at least five points for energy and water and a 4-star green star for the supermarket.

A community bus service will be provided for the duration of the construction phase.

The proposed planning control amendments include:

  • increasing the permissible building height from 15 metres to 25 metres along Baptist Street, from 15 metres to 22 metres along Cleveland Street and from 15 metres to 18 metres along Marriott Street
  • reducing permissible building height from 12 metres to three metres in the south west corner for a proposed public open space
  • ensuring only additional building height (not floor space) may be awarded through the design excellence process, which would result in building height of 27.5 metres along Baptist Street, 24.2 metres along Cleveland Street and 19.8 metres along Marriott Street
  • removing the site that includes the existing supermarket and open car park from the Baptist Street Heritage Conservation area
  • providing detailed provisions for land use layout, street wall heights and setbacks, through site link, street activation, parking and vehicle access, flooding and stormwater, noise, design excellence and public domain improvements.

“Surry Hills is a hub of social and economic activity with a lively mix of restaurants, cafes, bars and businesses,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“But we need good planning to make sure the local economy continues to grow and thrive.

“This proposed redevelopment will improve the design of the shopping village, and changes in building height will provide essential open space for the growing numbers of people living and working in the area.”

The City conducted extensive community consultation for the planning proposal, allowing people to understand the proposal, ask questions and share their views.

Feedback about the reactivation of streets was positive overall and the original planning proposal has been amended to address some of the issues raised by the community, including managing traffic impacts to the west of the site and an alternative approach to manage entertainment noise which ensures there is a balance between residential amenity and retail vibrancy.

The new planning controls will come into effect when published on the NSW Legislation website.

Source: City of Sydney

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