Sydney council fights skyscraper plan

A long waterfront park beside the promenade was also too narrow, the review said, and should be replaced with an oval-shaped park jutting into the bay, which would provide better space and sunlight for trees and grass.

The council suggests fewer, lower towers. It recommended having about three – mostly commercial – towers at the southern end of the site, rather than spread along the site with tall apartment blocks close to the Western Distributor. It also suggested changing the grid-like street pattern to a curved layout to prevent wind tunnels.

The government is forging ahead with its $750 million plan to relocate the Sydney Fish Market at Blackwattle Bay.Credit:peter rae

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in an email to community groups in March that the council hoped to use its response to the proposal, and residents’ feedback, to “persuade” the government to improve the scheme.

Balmain Greens MP Jamie Parker said the council was “trying to put a Band Aid on a gaping wound”.

“They have been lumped with a breathtaking overdevelopment and are now trying to show the government how it can be done in a less destructive way.”

An Infrastructure NSW spokeswoman said staff had been briefed on the council’s design review, and it would be considered along with all other submissions made on the precinct study.

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She said its response to submissions on the proposal would consider revised building heights and density, in addition to improvements to the amenity of the public domain and waterfront promenade. The agency was using community engagement and 200 technical study requirements to finalize plans for the site.

“Blackwattle Bay presents a unique opportunity to create a stunning new waterfront destination in Sydney with a wide and accessible foreshore promenade, new waterside open spaces, cafés, restaurants, homes, and workplaces, right on the doorstep of the new Sydney Fish Market,” the spokeswoman said.

Parker said residents governments wanted to take “a visionary approach to iconic foreshore sites”, rather than “pumping out another forest of residential towers that don’t speak to the landscape or the needs of our city”.

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