SUMMER HILL: $33M BOARDING HOUSE

INNER WEST

IS ‘affordable housing’ the market developers are moving into following the high-rise defect crisis?

At a starting point of $480 p.w. for one bedroom, how can that be categorised as ‘affordable’?

IT appears that the high influx of International Students has led to the growth of this housing sector which can negatively impact on Sydney’s communities and Australian students …

Key Points … why Councillors unanimously rejected the proposal …

-184 rooms catering for 368 people

-no parking and no disability space

single bedroom starting at $480

a lack of cross-ventilation

no bike paths and “needed” flood and food waste-management plans

-nor compatible with the flood hazard of the land

74-75 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill: $33m boarding house plan ‘crazy’

Councillors have raised concerns about a lack of parking and bike paths, as well as flooding and heritage risks, in rejecting a $33.4m boarding-house plan in Sydney’s Inner West.

Matt Taylor, Inner West Courier

August 30, 2019

The site of the proposed boarding house at 74-75 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill, where a historic ambulance station sits. Pictures: Monique Harmer)
The site of the proposed boarding house at 74-75 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill, where a historic ambulance station sits. Pictures: Monique Harmer)

  • Plans for a $33.4 million, 184-room boarding house at the site of a historic ambulance station in Summer Hill have been labelled as “crazy” ahead of a state planning panel’s ruling.

Inner West councillors this week unanimously rejected the development application by Iglu Pty Ltd to open its sixth Sydney student-accommodation site at 74-75 Carlton Cres, where the Western Suburbs District Ambulance Station was located before it closed last year.

The proposal is for construction of a four-storey student boarding house (catering for 368 people) with offices, common rooms and landscaping, while the ambulance station would be retained.

Boarding-house proposal: 74-75 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill.
Boarding-house proposal: 74-75 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill.

Labor councillor Lucille McKenna gave the Iglu plan a frosty reception, saying it was a “slap in the face for the community”.

“It’s a crazy proposal,” she said at this week’s meeting. “It doesn’t provide any parking — and there’s not even one disability space.”

Cr McKenna also had a crack at the plan’s pitch for “cheap” student accommodation in Summer Hill, pointing to single bedrooms at Iglu’s Redfern site starting from $480.

The disused Western Suburbs District Ambulance Station at 74-75 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill.
The disused Western Suburbs District Ambulance Station at 74-75 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill.

Greens councillor Marghanita Da Cruz also had concerns about the proposal, claiming it would have a lack of cross-ventilation, no bike paths and “needed” flood and food waste-management plans.

A council report said the proposal was “not compatible” with the flood hazard of the land and suitability for a boarding house at the site.

Seven submissions were received in the public consultation process. Primary concerns were around overdevelopment, traffic, carparking and the impact to the heritage conservation area.

The plan will go before the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel on Thursday for a decision.

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/7475-carlton-cres-summer-hill-33m-boarding-house-plan-crazy/news-story/13cf7a39dcc5fedf799e266d281b607c

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