Proposed FIVE STOREY hotel in Hardie Street, Darlinghurst | DA/2020/244.
To construct alterations and additions to the existing terrace dwellings and change of use to provide for a 5-storey hotel containing 69 rooms comprising of 66 double rooms and 3 single rooms (including 4 accessible rooms) and 2 loading docks on the ground floor accessed from the rear lane (Hayden Place).
This massive development will be behind the facades of 6 small 2-storey workers' terrace houses. The site has a combined area of 637.1m²
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Write to Sydney City Council and Local MP by 4 June 2020. Quote DA No.
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5 Reasons to Reject DA/2020/244 | five storey, 69 room 'boutique' hotel on the site of six Victorian terrace homes at Nos 24-34 Hardie Street, Darlinghurst:
1. Loss of our community
Consolidating six terrace houses into a hotel / inn that will accommodate transient visitors will result a loss of housing for permanent Darlinghurst residents, and erode our community. As with the Airbnb properties which have proliferated in the area, this hotel will be a parasite on our neighbourhood.
2. Irreversible loss of heritage
This proposal does not follow the heritage provisions of City of Sydney’s Local Environmental Plan or Development Control Plan:
- more than half the original building fabric of six terraces dating from the 1870s and 1890s will be lost;
- the five-storey development conflicts with the established character and heritage significance of the Oxford Street and Victoria Street Heritage Conservation Area;
- the development will diminish the setting and presentation of the terraces in the streetscape;
- the looming five-storey rear facade will destroy the heritage character and significance of the rear lane at Hayden Place.
This Heritage Conservation Area has high local historic, aesthetic and social significance, Loss of integrity of these increasingly rare historic houses (apparently, their pretty faces will be retained, but most of the buildings will be demolished; The Conservation Area possess a coherent and strong urban form derived predominantly from Victorian and Federation period residential/commercial development with Darlinghurst Road and Victoria Street, Darlinghurst being Heritage Streetscapes which traverse the ridge. The area contains a number of aesthetically significant and prominent buildings such as the Jewish Museum, Darlinghurst Fire Station, St. John’s Church and Rectory, Sacred Heart Church, the c.1919 St. Vincent’s Hospital, the First Church of Christ Scientist, and a number of fine inter -war residential flat buildings as well as grand houses such as Iona. Pretty Hardie Street is a narrow one-way contributory street. Other Heritage Items are similar to the proposed "Hardie St Six" set to be partially demolised: a tiny single-storey sandstone Georgian worker’s cottage at 265 Victoria St (Item No. I280 and, a terrace group on Victoria St (hairdresser) not dissimilar to the small terraces on Hardie St.
The boundary-to-boundary, five-storey plus basement development will erode the amenity of the adjoining houses and apartments through unacceptable overshadowing and loss of sunlight. The view corridors and amenity enjoyed by all surrounding buildings on Hardie St will be overwhelmed.
4. Over-intensification of development
Consolidating the six terrace houses into a monolithic development will destroy the fine-grain, residential nature of Hardie Street.
All trees to be removed.
Many residents living nearby have lost faith in the City of Sydney to protect the fragile heritage of Darlinghurst. This unsympathetic proposal will result in a poor planning and heritage outcome for Hardie Street and the Heritage Conservation Area.
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