New South Wales
I object to:
- the height and bulk of the building.
The proposal seeks to increase the approval already given for 40 storeys to 42 storeys. No real justification is given. The building will be approximately twice as high as other high density buildings in the area and will adversely dominate the heritage MLC building next to it.
- the lack of planning for pedestrian and traffic impacts.
The building allows for 161 car parking space. It is inconceivable how offices on top of a railway station, with multiple bus stops near by, require so many car parking spaces and this appears to contradict the rationale behind building new metro stations which is surely to decrease car use. As this is a State Government project the government should be looking for ways to encourage the building's occupants to dispense with vehicles and use the Government transport system.
Also the project lacks sufficient consideration of the impact on pedestrian traffic in the immediate area. The Traffic Study recognises that North Sydney centre generates high pedestrian volumes, particularly in the peak commuter periods. The North Sydney Centre Traffic and Pedestrian Study (Arup, September 2014) identified insufficient footpath width in some locations and constrained crossing locations (including small splitter islands at signalised crossings) often result in congestion. As a frequent pedestrian in North Sydney, I have observed that the traffic light timing gives preference to traffic over pedestrians.
However it assumes pedestrians can choose either side of Miller Street to walk on, this seems illogical as both railway station entries (Victoria Cross and the North Sydney station) are on the same side of Miller Street.
Moreover it does not even assess the impact of pedestrians waiting at road crossings and bus stops (p.49) and says this will be considered later. This is not adequate as it is known to be high volume, as above, and there is limited footpath space at crossings and elsewhere. It should be considered now when the design and placement of entries and exits are being finalised.