33 Septimus Street Erskineville NSW 2043

Consolidate 2 x lots (33 and 35 Septimus Street) and make additions to 2 existing warehouses, to provide a total of 8 dwellings within the site, including 6 x apartments and 2 x detached/attached dwellings facing Septimus Street. 9 car parking spaces are proposed and landscaping. Alterations are proposed to an existing cottage at no.33, including a new rear first floor addition. The proposal also involves the demolition of an existing cottage at no.35 and the construction of a new 2 storey dwelling house in its place.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 4 months ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: City of Sydney, reference D/2019/748)

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  1. John Flint commented

    This is a gross over development in a heritage area.
    It is out of character and scale with the surrounding residences.
    Justification in the heritage report is weak. It tries to make the point that as they aren't prime examples of their era it isn't important to keep them. It also points out that other sub-optimal building have been allowed nearby so the heritage character is already diminished. I believe all the more reason to keep any heritage values that remain.

    The proposed building exceeds the height limit for the area. The justification is weak. The building is also changing its envelope by having a flat roof replacing a pitched roof. With the height limit being exceeded, the flat roof greatly adds to the bulk of the building and is out of character to the area.

    The building proposes 9 more car spaces adding to traffic in the area. No doubt additional parking will be required on the street and this is very limited in the area. The carpark as designed looks to be a nightmare for anyone with all but the smallest vehicles. Most likely some residents will be tempted to dangerously reverse out rather than risk scraping their car doing the 3, 4 or 5 point turn out of the tight spots provided.

    I recommend the council decline to approve the DA.
    The warehouses on the site would be much better preserved with a more creative use than jam packing them with small units.

    The cottages dating from 1879 while currently not in good condition, could easily be restored and be outstanding contributors to the local heritage.

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