New South Wales
This proposal is significantly higher than any other site in the general vicinity of Eveleigh St, with no other building in the area bounded by the rail line, Lawson St, Shepherd St and Cleveland St anywhere near this high.Even the buildings at Lawson Sq and on Gibbons St facing the rail line are nowhere near this tall, with a maximum height limit under the Sydney LEP of 22 metres, not 24 STOREYS. The height of the proposed building sits at a level more suited to the CBD, noting that in the CBD such buildings are located in commercial areas and transition down in height to more residential areas.
It is completely out of character with the surrounding neighbourhood west of the rail line, which is characterised by generally terraced housing and low scale apartment buildings on a human scale. There is no transitional zone between the existing dwellings and this proposal, as Precinct 1 is thankfully on a much smaller scale and the distances between this proposed building and the existing surrounding terraces is too small for a meaningful transition between a tower block and terraced housing. The height and scale of the proposal will have an enormous and deleterious impact on Redfern Railway Station, which is a state heritage listed building. The impact of the presence of this large angular building, and also the shadow cast by this building over the station will be severe.
The proposal will also cast a massive shadow over Caroline St and surrounding areas during the morning, and I note there have been inadequate shadow diagrams submitted to verify the extent of this overshadowing. It would be appreciated if these could be submitted.The proposal will also lead to a massive loss of privacy to the surrounding terrace houses, which at present cannot be overlooked by large numbers of people. This will change if this proposal is allowed.
The building has minimal articulation on any facade, leading to a dominant and unattractive aspect when viewed from any public space or the rail line, which is travelled by hundreds of thousands of people daily. What a lost opportunity this is to provide a building that could be a landmark of good design, but as currently proposed provides a poor design outcome on this visually prominent site . Moreover, it appears far too large for the site on which it will be built. Although no site dimensions have been provided, it appears that the 22-24 storey elements of the design will be contained in are area with a maximum width of between 17-28 metres. It would be appreciated if plans showing all dimensions, including height, width and site dimensions could be provided to verify both this, and the overall height of the proposal.
It does not appear that any additional open space has been provided for the proposed massive increase in residents, which will lead to a decreased quality of life for proposed occupants, as the area of open space was not generous to begin with.The courtyard itself will be overshadowed by the 9 storey tower for a significant portion of the day, although again, shadow diagrams would be useful in ascertaining the exact amount.
The layout of the building appears to promote isolation and lack of interaction between occupants, which is not healthy, especially given the rates of youth suicide and the fact that many of these students may well be isolated from their families and support networks.
No detail appears to have been provided as to the impact of additional traffic and parking generated as a result of the proposed massive increase in population, in what are small and narrow streets. No detail has been provided as to why, all of a sudden, the only way to make the Pemelwuy project work is to shoehorn a building better suited to Barangaroo into a closegrained terraced community characterised by modest terrace housing.
In conclusion, this proposal is completely out of character with the existing locality, is significantly taller than any other surrounding building, provides a poor design outcome for a visually prominent site and will significantly reduce the amenity of surrounding residents through overshadowing and loss of privacy, in addition to the visual impact of such a large and over bearing tower. It will have a significant and deleterious impact on the state heritage listed Redfern Railway Station and will provide a poor quality of life for residents of the tower. basic details, such as dimensions, shadow diagrams and justification for the increase have not been provided.
The provision of affordable housing for Aboriginal people in this locality is well overdue, and construction of this should have started years ago. However, to attempt to claim that it can now only be provided if the local community acquiesces to this monstrosity of a building is utterly unacceptable."