The developer is going to face an uphill battle on this one. As mentioned in Gumby's post, access to the site will be an issue. Requires rezoning and I doubt a development of that scale on that site has been factored into any planning strategy...
Looking through the environmental assessment reports, the applicant argues that the current use of the site (Shell/Maccas) has been undermined by the opening of the Lane Cove Tunnel and that this mixed use proposal will make better use of the site.
That's on Lane Cove near the river right? Interesting. I think a building like that would work in that area! And the bus lane goes down Epping Road and over the Harbour Bridge, it's pretty fast and low traffic route compared to say, routes down Victoria Road.
Is it the number of apartments that is the issue or the design and height? I mean had a developer proposed a lower but denser generic whitebox with the same number of units would the council be throwing up the same objections?
'out of character'. 'wrecks views'. the two most common (and subjective) NIMBY excuses.
Why can't other people say that it "adds visual interest to the landscape hence improving views", or "creates diversity hence adding character"? After all isn't that excactly what it'll be doing? Surely by adding buildings different varieties would improve character of the area. Behind it there's a bland, boring business park which could surely benefit from having some character added to it like what the development will do. And wouldn't adding a building of a different type and height improve the landscape? Wouldn't views looking to an area with different buildings of different heights be better than views looking to an area with a sea of similar buildings?
It's not 'wrecking views/character'. It's improving both. They're just too ignorant to realise that it seems.
I can't see the issue with this proposal, that part of Epping road is fine for development. I am not sure what locals are going to oppose it other than the town houses on the Hill. The rest of the property around here is commercial. I think this will be a great development but I will be a bit sad to see the space station go, its a local landmark! Lane Cove council and its local residents should support this since they are so set on fighting 4 storey "high rise" elsewhere in the municipality.
I was thinking about the transport for this Epping Road development, I believe there is a bus stop just up the road from here, could another one not be put in heading north and then the developer pay for a pedestrian overbridge?
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