Height limits to be smashed in plans for north shore tower

Height limits to be smashed in plans for north shore tower
Height limits to be smashed in plans for north shore tower

The skyline of a north shore suburb could soon be reshaped by a 15 storey tower – standing taller than any other building – as residents continue to fight back against major planning changes.

A multimillion dollar planning proposal has been released for a new 95-unit residential and commercial tower in Lindfield that would measure as the suburb’s tallest building

Plans show the development would involve the demolition of two story buildings at 345 Pacific Highway, currently home to businesses including Lindfield Medical Practice, to make way for the tower.

If approved, the development would stand five times higher than the current 11.5m height limit in place for the site.

Plans by developer Bellpen Pty Ltd stated the tower would be a “landmark” development for the Lindfield local center and was in line with NSW Government planning strategies to encourage new developments near public transport connections.

An artist’s impression of the 15 storey tower in Lindfield

“The revitalization of (the site) would join numerous redevelopment and rezoning projects, many council-run, that seek to update Lindfield’s older lower-density stock with new higher-density development, together creating a local center that benefits from a high level of amenity,” the plans stated.

The proposal comes amid increased community concern over proposed NSW Government planning law changes that would encourage increased development near train stations including Lindfield, Gordon, Killara and Roseville.

Ku-ring-gai Council has joined forces with residents to actively oppose the changes with fears it could decimate the character of heritage conservation areas

A photo of the building that would be demolished to make way for the new development.

In recent weeks, there have been ongoing reports of residents approached by developers seeking to acquire homes to capitalize on the proposed planning changes.

The council says the level of rezoning earmarked for Ku-ring-gai was “disproportionate” with other parts of Sydney and could have “extensive impacts” on the community if implemented.

Despite the council’s objections, the Department of Planning is proposing to introduce the changes as soon as this month.

An artist’s impression of the proposed development

Development plans for the 345 Pacific Hwy site stated the project would address a housing shortage in the upper north shore.

The plans also argued 15-storey height of the building is “appropriate and supportable” due to the site’s prominent position on the Pacific Hwy and proximity to Lindfield Station

“The proposed concept incorporates opportunities for diverse housing as well as increased housing supply and delivery,” the plans stated.

Plans show the new development would include two levels of commercial space, landscaping works, road improvements and three levels of underground car parking.

The proposal has been lodged with the Department of Planning and is under consideration.

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