February 07, 2018
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:
“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.