6-8 Orwell Street Potts Point NSW 2011

Re-notification - Alterations and additions to an existing 3 storey building and conversion into a 6 storey affordable housing residential flat building with 15 apartments, a communal lobby, bicycle storage and landscaped rooftop terrace. The site also has frontages to Hughes Lane and Hughes Place.The revised scheme includes the following fundamental design changes:- 3m building setback to Orwell Street,- deletion of the roof top terrace,- reduction in overall gross floor area, and- reduction in overall height.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 5 months ago. It was received by them 4 months earlier.

(Source: City of Sydney, reference D/2020/65)

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  1. Ann U commented

    The change in height of the development is not in keeping with historic area. This is vital air pocket for in this area.
    The amount of natural light will be affected by a 6 storey building with a roof top. Limits have been set for other developments eg. Wayside Chapel to keep this area low storey part of Kings Cross/Potts Point.
    The north side of 6-8 Orwell St overlooks a row of terraces 1-11 that are two storeys high facing Hughes St and back on to Hughes Place.
    Increasing the height of the building to 6 storeys will affect the back gardens of these small terraces 1-11 Hughes St ie in Hughes Place. As there is a roof top area it really is 7 storeys. More windows in Hughes Place will take away more privacy of the backyard gardens. Also the building will be oppressively high, keeping light away from the rooms in the terraces facing south.
    The back yards of 1-11 Hughes St backing on to Hughes Place are small and private; and they are essential to keeping the small terrace area liveable and enjoyable. The trees and plants give air back in a congested part of Sydney and relief to the actual owners and residents are able to escape by stepping outside their terrace into their small garden at any time, without facing a 6 storey wall. The character of the area will be changed.
    It will make living more stressful to the existing residents, some like me have been in Hughes St since 1980s and as I am getting older and less mobile my garden has become more and more important for me to be outside to relax.
    The construction hours create an environment that is impossible to live in - noise, dust, traffic problems inside and outside the working hours.
    Starting construction at 7.30 five days a week is not acceptable for people living next door. This was all experienced when Spice Hotel was remodelled. Underestimates of the time needed for the work usually means that months are added.
    In the long term there will be more noise through rubbish collection, more activity in Hughes Place with bicycle storage (is this in use 24 hours a day?), and air conditioners make so much noise now on that doubling it will mean existing long term home owners and residents in the terraces will not be able to use their backrooms or have windows open in hot conditions. These small rooms are used as a bedroom in some cases and more noise at night along Hughes Place will have a terrible impact!
    Hughes Lane and Hughes Place will be dominated by a 6 storey wall, it will be darker to walk along and through and this can raise a safety issue for people on foot.
    Are the new units for long term residents or short term accommodation? What will be the By Laws regarding noise, rubbish, expected behaviour, etc?
    In conclusion
    It is not acceptable to double the height of a building in this area. I am against the development for not only the short term but more importantly the long term impact it will have on the existing residents in the immediate area.

  2. Alice Vitucci commented

    Rising a 3 storey to a 6 storey without keeping into consideration the historic character of the site and the long/short term impact on the all area is against any good architecture principle.
    The amendments to the original DA submission deleting the rooftop and stepping back 3 mt. from Orwell Street is still not sufficient due to the bulky block that has been proposed which gives very low importance to overshadowing, site studies, privacy issues, historic value of the area and even elevations and finishes.

    This is an already congested part of Sydney. The character of the area will be changed making living more stressful to the existing residents.Some like me have just a tiny studio where to live and to deal with the parking and noise is already a terrible issue.

    The change in height its equal to double up the levels of the existing building.
    This is a necessary air pocket for this area and especially for 10 Orwell Street, as the rooftop is the only access to the outdoor that 19 sqm studios like mine have.
    If the development go ahead as proposed, we are going to loose the full rooftop area where our outdoor spaces are located(19 sqm studio with no terrace or garage cannot even fit a washing machine, so rooftop becomes vital for such small flats for functions as laundry, drying etc).
    Suddenly our building which has been there since 1930s will be buried by an oppressive high rise development and our only relieving outdoor spaces will be in shade facing a dark wall double of our height.

    The amount of natural light and ventilation will be affected by a 6 storey building with the result of humidity and poor air circulation in our building which is already dealing with all the common issues of heritage.

    Furthermore, the north side of 6-8 Orwell St will have to relate to a line of terrace houses that are two storeys high facing Hughes St and back on to Hughes Place.

    Increasing the height of the building to 6 storeys will affect the back gardens of these small terraces 1-11 Hughes St ie in Hughes Place and more windows will take away more privacy of the backyard gardens. Also the building will be oppressively high, keeping light away from our only outdoor area and the rooms in the terraces facing south.

    Nevertheless, the construction works will make it impossible to live in the adjacent building - noise, dust, traffic problems 5 days a week.

    In the long term there will be a terrible acoustic impact through rubbish collection, more activity and noise at night along Orwell Street and nearly tiny alleys.

    Orwell Street, Hughes Lane and Hughes Place will be dominated by a 6 storey poorly designed block, it will make the adjacent alleys darker and increase the already existing safety issue for people on foot.

    In conclusion:
    I am against the development which doesn't take into consideration heritage, character of the area, site studies and adjacent buildings issues as safety, overshadowing, loss of privacy and most of all noise and parking issues in an already overdeveloped area of Sydney.

  3. Gilles V commented

    I am completely agreeing, supporting and expressing the same concerns that Anne U and Alice Vitucci have already submitted to the city of Sydney regarding the development proposal Ref number : D/2020/65 by Tricon Management Group Pty Ltd .
    It is a shame and extremely disturbing to see developments like that are constantly submitted without considering the historic heritage of that unique part Sydney and its local residents .This is clearly and other development that doesn't take any consideration about the negative impact that this potential development could have over this historic area with a very low importance to overshadowing, site studies, privacy issues, historic values of this unique part of Sydney .
    Not to mention the lack of parking that it is already a major issues for the residents and of course the noise level that will increase substantially .

    To also support Anne U's concerns , are those new units for long term residents or short term accommodation? What will be the By Laws regarding noise, rubbish, expected behaviour, etc?

    In conclusion:
    I am against this development like many other Potts Point residents regarding the development proposal Ref number : D/2020/65 by Tricon Management Group Pty Ltd.That absolutely DO NOT take into consideration heritage character of the area by doubling the height of buildings in this area overshadowing, loss of privacy for some of its resident and most of all noise and parking issues in an already overdeveloped and congested area of Sydney but importantly the long term impact it will have on the existing residents in the immediate area.

  4. Usher A commented

    The modifications made to the site on D/2020/65 Orwell St Potts Point do not solve the problems presented in the development plan. The building is still 6 storeys with an extension above the legal height restrictions. The impact on the small terraces backing on to Hughes Place remains the same. The tunnel effect on Hughes Lane for pedestrians will be increased. The impact on the heritage of the area will be affected. The quality of life for those living in the area - some over 30 years will be seriously affected.
    Can Tricon Management Group provide guarantee that the surrounding buildings will not be affected by this development?
    Will they undertake to ensure that any damage done to surrounding buildings is repaired and made good?
    What is the time line for the development? Are the working hours on site 7.30-4pm 5 days a week?
    If so how does the Company expect the current residents that live in Hughes St and are backing onto Hughes Place, and, those living next door in Orwell Street be able to lead a normal life during this development?
    Please consider the height of the building again and keep it within the regulations so that this part of the city can retain its historic character and airspace.

    Usher A

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