Council reaffirms opposition to planning high rise proposals for Anzac Parade

Two proposals for high rise buildings on Anzac Parade currently before the State Government’s Joint Regional Planning Panel were rejected by Randwick City Council almost seven months ago, Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza said today.

The applications propose to build towers up to 85m high at 111-125 Anzac Parade, 112 Todman Ave and 137-151 Anzac Parade, Kensington.

“Council has dealt with a number of planning proposals for Anzac Parade over the past few years and each time they have been rejected.

“These planning proposals are nothing more than speculative approaches by developers trying to maximise profit. They’re clearly too tall, too dense and not in the public interest,” Mayor D’Souza said.

In late 2015, Mayor D’Souza met with the Planning Minister and local State Members to discuss developing a coordinated and strategic approach to guide appropriate future development along the Anzac Parade corridor.

As a result of these discussions, Council initiated an International Urban Design Competition in partnership with the local community to come up with ideas for the future of the Kensington and Kingsford town centres.

“It is unclear why the Department decided to refer these two planning proposals to the JRPP at this time when we’re in the middle of the largest Urban Design Competition ever conducted by Randwick City Council.

“We’re working collaboratively with the community to develop a shared vision for the Kingsford and Kensington town centres. The community has told us very strongly that they want Council to take back control of the planning around Anzac Parade so that we can better plan how the area develops and maximise public benefit rather than responding to adhoc development proposals.

“The current process should be allowed to run its course before decisions are made on proposals like this.

“No one’s against development, but there has to be public benefit – It can’t be done in piecemeal fashion or by one-off proposals speculating on turning a quick profit,” Mayor D’Souza said.

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This consultation is closed. On 10 December 2019, Council endorsed the Planning Proposal for the Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres and resolved to forward the proposal to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) requesting amendments be made to Randwick LEP.  The Planning Proposal is currently with the State Government awaiting gazettal of the proposed changes to the RLEP 2012. The Planning Proposal can be viewed here.

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